New York City Introduces Paid Sick Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence

New York City is going to be adding new legislature to grant paid sick leave to those who have been victims of domestic violence. Under the new City Council proposal, victims will be able to take paid time off for things like domestic violence counseling and court appearances. The de Blasio administration, along with City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland are putting together legislation that is going to add domestic violence on to paid sick leave laws that are already existing, which requires employers give their employees paid time off for family care or sick leave. “Adding domestic violence protections will help victims — often women with kids — get themselves out of danger without fear of losing their job,” Mayor de Blasio told the New York Daily News. “No woman should have to decide between her safety and her paycheck.” Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York implied that most employers would agree that domestic violence is an understandable reason to use paid sick leave. The legislation titled “Paid Safe” was just one of a couple of policies to combat domestic violence proposed by the administration. De Blasio stated that it was “unacceptable” that the NYPD reports a domestic violence call every two minutes. In addition, New York City’s Family Justice Centers are going to be having housing lawyers on location to assist victims of domestic violence, and having the NYPD place a priority on arresting continuing abusers.

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