New bill would give leave for abuse victims

4 years 1 week 1 day ago Tuesday, December 09 2014 Dec 9, 2014 Tuesday, December 09, 2014 5:24:00 AM CST December 09, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri lawmaker is proposing some victims of domestic violence get two weeks of unpaid leave from work.

Democratic state Sen. Gina Walsh of St. Louis recently filed legislation that would require employers give their workers time to cope with abuse. Employees would qualify if they or a family member experienced any of a number of forms of domestic violence.

They would need to notify their boss two days in advance of time off.

The bill aims to give survivors of domestic violence time to seek counseling, medical attention or legal help.

Workers at companies with 50 or more employees would get two weeks off a year. Companies with more than 15 employees would allow one week off.

Employers could not discriminate against individuals who seek unpaid leave.

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