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Crime Victim Leave


Effective August 28, 2021, employers with 20 or more employees within the state must provide unpaid leave to employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence or have a family/household member who is a victim. The specific reasons for leave include: obtaining victim services from an organization, counseling, seeking legal assistance or remedies and recovering from or seeking medical attention for injuries.

Employers have many responsibilities under the new law. If they have 20 to 49 employees, they must provide eligible employees with one-week unpaid leave per year; those with 50 or more employees must provide two weeks. An employee on such leave is entitled to benefit continuation at the normal cost and restoration to the same or equivalent job. Importantly, an employer must also provide reasonable safety accommodations for the employee. Examples include a change in worksite, reassignment, transfer, modified schedule, lock installation and implementation of a safety procedure.

If an employer has not yet notified existing employees of the new leave entitlement, they should distribute the notice below as soon as possible. Going forward, the notice should be provided to all new employees. The notice may be distributed electronically.

Missouri Victims Economic Safety and Security Act »