Crime Victim Leave Act Passed

On May 28, 2018, Gov. Scott signed H711 (Act 184), which amended Vermont's Fair Employment Practices Act to add crime victim status to the list of characteristics that are protected from discrimination. With few exceptions, this act requires employers to allow eligible employees to take unpaid crime victim leave to attend depositions or court proceedings related to:

  • A criminal proceeding, if they are a victim and have the right or obligation to appear at the proceeding
  • A "relief from abuse" hearing, if they are the plaintiff
  • A hearing about an order against stalking or sexual assault, if they are seeking the order as a plaintiff
  • A "relief from abuse, neglect, or exploitation" hearing, if they are the plaintiff

The law went into effect July 1, 2018. The act requires employers to continue employment benefits during the leave, to post notices of the provisions of the law, and, with limited exceptions, to offer an employee the same job upon his or her return from the leave. An employer may require that the employee contribute to the cost of benefits during the leave at the existing rate of employee contribution.

Going forward, employers should review their PTO policy to ensure that the leave provided above is a permissible absence on and after July 1, 2018. Further, the employer must conspicuously post printed notices of the crime victim leave provisions on forms provided by the Vermont Dept. of Labor.

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