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This New York Bill Ensures Domestic Abuse Survivors Get Paid Time Off & It Could Change Women's Lives (NY)
Thursday, October 19, 2017
This New York Bill Ensures Domestic Abuse Survivors Get Paid Time Off & It Could Change Women's Lives
"Survivors of domestic violence or sexual abuse in New York could become eligible for paid time off under a new bill unanimously approved by the New York City Council earlier this week. If signed into law, the legislation would amend New York's city code to require that employers provide any employee that has been a victim of a family offense matter such as stalking, domestic violence, or sexual abuse with paid time off to seek support services or legal aid. And according to advocates, this bill could be life-changing for domestic violence survivors who may have once felt trapped between choosing their paycheck over pursuing justice and ensuring their safety.
"This essential measure will empower survivors to confront their situations with the knowledge that their workplaces are on their side and acting in their best interest," New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tells Bustle in an emailed statement. "For women and men facing vulnerable realities on a daily basis, the provision of paid leave is invaluable to building a better future."..."