S02509 Summary:

BILL NO    S02509 

SAME AS    SAME AS A07029

SPONSOR    ROBACH

COSPNSR    KENNEDY

MLTSPNSR   

Add Art 19-D SS696 - 696-i, Lab L

Relates to the entitlement to unpaid leave of absence for victims of domestic
violence; permits victims of domestic violence to take an unpaid leave of
absence for ninety days from employment to address on-going domestic violence;
defines "address on-going domestic violence"; contains provision to protect the
individual's job position and benefits.
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S02509 Actions:

BILL NO    S02509 

01/18/2013 REFERRED TO LABOR
04/15/2013 1ST REPORT CAL.280
04/16/2013 2ND REPORT CAL.
04/17/2013 ADVANCED TO THIRD READING 
06/21/2013 COMMITTED TO RULES
01/08/2014 REFERRED TO LABOR
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S02509 Votes:

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S02509 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         2509

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                   January 18, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  Sen.  ROBACH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
         printed to be committed to the Committee on Labor

       AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to the entitlement to  unpaid
         leave of absence from employment for victims of domestic violence

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. The labor law is amended by adding a new  article  19-D  to
    2  read as follows:
    3                                ARTICLE 19-D
    4                         UNPAID LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR
    5                   VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE

    6  SECTION 696. DEFINITIONS.
    7          696-A. ENTITLEMENT TO LEAVE.
    8          696-B. LEAVE TAKEN INTERMITTENTLY OR ON REDUCED LEAVE SCHEDULE.
    9          696-C. NOTICE OF INTENTION TO TAKE LEAVE.
   10          696-D. CERTIFICATION.
   11          696-E. CONFIDENTIALITY.
   12          696-F. RESTORATION TO POSITION.
   13          696-G. PROHIBITED ACTS.
   14          696-H. CIVIL ACTION.
   15          696-I. SAVINGS CLAUSE.
   16    S 696. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE:
   17    1.  "VICTIM OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL ABUSE" SHALL MEAN A VICTIM OF DOMES-
   18  TIC VIOLENCE, A SEX OFFENSE, OR STALKING.
   19    2.  "VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE" SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL  WHO  IS  A
   20  VICTIM  OF  AN  ACT  WHICH WOULD CONSTITUTE A FAMILY OFFENSE PURSUANT TO
   21  SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION EIGHT HUNDRED TWELVE OF THE FAMILY COURT ACT.
   22    3. "VICTIM OF A SEX OFFENSE" SHALL MEAN A VICTIM OF  AN  ACT  OR  ACTS
   23  THAT  WOULD  CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF ARTICLE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY OF THE
   24  PENAL LAW.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD06915-01-3
       S. 2509                             2

    1    4. "VICTIM OF STALKING" SHALL MEAN A VICTIM OF AN  ACT  OR  ACTS  THAT
    2  WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF SECTION 120.45, 120.50, 120.55 OR 120.60
    3  OF THE PENAL LAW.
    4    S  696-A. ENTITLEMENT TO LEAVE. ANY EMPLOYEE WHO IS A VICTIM OF DOMES-
    5  TIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR NINETY DAYS OF UNPAID LEAVE
    6  FROM THEIR EMPLOYMENT DURING ANY TWELVE MONTH PERIOD IN ORDER TO ADDRESS
    7  DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE OR ONGOING EFFECTS OF SUCH DOMESTIC OR SEXU-
    8  AL VIOLENCE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
    9    1. SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR, OR RECOVERING OR TAKING CARE OF  THE
   10  VICTIM'S CHILD WHILE THE CHILD RECOVERS FROM, ANY PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOG-
   11  ICAL INJURIES CAUSED BY THE DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE; OR
   12    2.  ATTENDING COUNSELING SESSIONS FOR THE VICTIM OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL
   13  VIOLENCE OR FOR SUCH VICTIM'S CHILD IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE EFFECTS OF
   14  THE DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE; OR
   15    3. SEEKING LEGAL ASSISTANCE INCLUDING ATTENDING COURT  PROCEEDINGS  OR
   16  MEETING  OR  COMMUNICATING  WITH AN ATTORNEY OR A MEMBER OF LAW ENFORCE-
   17  MENT; OR
   18    4. SEEKING SERVICES FOR THE VICTIM OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL  VIOLENCE  OR
   19  FOR  SUCH  VICTIM'S  CHILD FROM A RESIDENTIAL OR NON-RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
   20  FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE; OR
   21    5. ENGAGING IN SAFETY PLANNING, INCLUDING ARRANGING  TO  RELOCATE  AND
   22  RELOCATING  TO  A  TEMPORARY  OR  PERMANENT  NEW  RESIDENCE, IN ORDER TO
   23  DECREASE THE RISK OF FUTURE DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE.
   24    S 696-B.  LEAVE TAKEN INTERMITTENTLY OR ON REDUCED LEAVE SCHEDULE. THE
   25  LEAVE PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED NINETY-SIX-A OF THIS  ARTICLE  MAY
   26  BE  TAKEN  ON A REDUCED LEAVE SCHEDULE OR INTERMITTENTLY IF THE EMPLOYEE
   27  AND EMPLOYER AGREE ON THE SCHEDULE. TAKING LEAVE ON A REDUCED  LEAVE  OR
   28  INTERMITTENT  SCHEDULE  SHALL NOT RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF
   29  TOTAL LEAVE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE IS  ENTITLED  TO  IN
   30  THE TWELVE MONTH PERIOD.
   31    S 696-C.  NOTICE OF INTENTION TO TAKE LEAVE. AN EMPLOYEE SHALL PROVIDE
   32  AN  EMPLOYER  WITH REASONABLE NOTICE OF THE EMPLOYEE'S INTENTION TO TAKE
   33  LEAVE PURSUANT TO SECTION  SIX  HUNDRED  NINETY-SIX-A  OF  THIS  ARTICLE
   34  UNLESS  PROVIDING  SUCH  NOTICE  IS NOT PRACTICABLE. WHEN AN UNSCHEDULED
   35  ABSENCE OCCURS, THE EMPLOYER MAY NOT TAKE ANY ACTION AGAINST THE EMPLOY-
   36  EE IF THE EMPLOYEE,  WITHIN  A  REASONABLE  PERIOD  OF  TIME  AFTER  THE
   37  ABSENCE,  PROVIDES  CERTIFICATION  AS  SET  FORTH IN SECTION SIX HUNDRED
   38  NINETY-SIX-D OF THIS ARTICLE.
   39    S 696-D.  CERTIFICATION. IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE EMPLOYEE IS
   40  A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE, THE EMPLOYER MAY  REQUIRE  THAT
   41  THE REQUEST FOR LEAVE BE SUPPORTED BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
   42    1.  A  SWORN  STATEMENT  SUBMITTED BY THE VICTIM OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL
   43  VIOLENCE DESCRIBING SUCH VICTIM'S NEED FOR LEAVE TO ADDRESS THE  ONGOING
   44  EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE; OR
   45    2.  ANY  DOCUMENTATION  OF  THE DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE, INCLUDING
   46  POLICE REPORTS, COURT RECORDS, STATEMENTS FROM  A  SHELTER  WORKER,  LAW
   47  ENFORCEMENT  OFFICER, MEDICAL WORKER, COUNSELOR, CLERGY MEMBER, ATTORNEY
   48  OR ANY OTHER PROFESSIONAL FROM WHOM THE EMPLOYEE HAS  SOUGHT  ASSISTANCE
   49  TO ADDRESS THE DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND ITS EFFECTS; OR
   50    3.  ANY  OTHER  CORROBORATING  EVIDENCE  INCLUDING  PHYSICAL EVIDENCE,
   51  PHOTOGRAPHS, OR STATEMENTS FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AWARE  OF  THE
   52  DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND ITS EFFECTS.
   53    S  696-E.  CONFIDENTIALITY.  ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE EMPLOYER,
   54  INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO INFORMATION UNDER SECTION SIX HUNDRED NINE-
   55  TY-SIX-D OF THIS ARTICLE, DESCRIBING THE DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE  IN
   56  THE  EMPLOYEE'S  LIFE  AND  THE  REQUEST  TO TAKE A LEAVE TO ADDRESS THE
       S. 2509                             3

    1  EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC OR SEXUAL VIOLENCE, SHALL BE  KEPT  CONFIDENTIAL  BY
    2  THE  EMPLOYER.    DISCLOSURE  SHALL  ONLY BE ALLOWED IF THE EMPLOYEE, IN
    3  WRITING, CONSENTS TO OR REQUESTS DISCLOSURE.
    4    S  696-F.  RESTORATION  TO  POSITION.  1. ANY EMPLOYEE WHO TAKES LEAVE
    5  UNDER SECTION SIX HUNDRED NINETY-SIX-A OF THIS ARTICLE, SHALL  BE  ENTI-
    6  TLED TO RETURN FROM SUCH LEAVE AND BE RESTORED TO THE SAME POSITION HELD
    7  BY  SUCH  EMPLOYEE  WHEN THE LEAVE BEGAN OR BE RESTORED TO AN EQUIVALENT
    8  POSITION WITH EQUIVALENT BENEFITS, PAY AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF
    9  EMPLOYMENT.
   10    2. THE TAKING OF LEAVE UNDER SECTION SIX HUNDRED NINETY-SIX-A OF  THIS
   11  ARTICLE  SHALL NOT RESULT IN THE LOSS OF ANY EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ACCRUED
   12  PRIOR TO THE DATE ON WHICH THE LEAVE BEGAN.
   13    3. (A) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION  TWO  OF  THIS  SECTION,  ANY
   14  EMPLOYEE  WHO TAKES LEAVE UNDER SECTION SIX HUNDRED NINETY-SIX-A OF THIS
   15  ARTICLE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO CONTINUED COVERAGE UNDER  ANY  HEALTH  CARE
   16  BENEFITS PLAN PROVIDED BY SUCH PERSON'S EMPLOYER FOR THE DURATION OF THE
   17  LEAVE.
   18    (B)  THE  EMPLOYER  MAY RECOVER THE PREMIUM THAT THE EMPLOYER PAID FOR
   19  MAINTAINING COVERAGE UNDER A HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN FOR THE EMPLOYEE ENTI-
   20  TLED TO LEAVE UNDER SECTION SIX HUNDRED NINETY-SIX-A  OF  THIS  ARTICLE,
   21  IF:
   22    (I)  THE EMPLOYEE FAILS TO RETURN TO SUCH PERSON'S EMPLOYMENT ONCE THE
   23  LEAVE HAS EXPIRED; AND
   24    (II) THE EMPLOYEE FAILS TO RETURN TO WORK FOR A REASON OTHER THAN:
   25    (A) THE CONTINUATION, RECURRENCE,  OR  ONSET  OF  DOMESTIC  OR  SEXUAL
   26  VIOLENCE  THAT  ENTITLES THE EMPLOYEE TO LEAVE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION;
   27  OR
   28    (B) OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE EMPLOYEE.
   29    S 696-G. PROHIBITED ACTS. 1. INTERFERENCE WITH RIGHTS.
   30    (A) EXERCISE OF RIGHTS. IT SHALL  BE  UNLAWFUL  FOR  ANY  EMPLOYER  TO
   31  INTERFERE  WITH,  RESTRAIN,  OR  DENY  THE EXERCISE OF OR THE ATTEMPT TO
   32  EXERCISE ANY RIGHT PROVIDED UNDER THIS ARTICLE.
   33    (B) EMPLOYER DISCRIMINATION. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY EMPLOYER  TO
   34  DISCHARGE  OR  HARASS  ANY INDIVIDUAL, OR OTHERWISE DISCRIMINATE AGAINST
   35  ANY INDIVIDUAL WITH RESPECT TO COMPENSATION, TERMS, CONDITIONS, OR PRIV-
   36  ILEGES OF EMPLOYMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL  (INCLUDING  RETALIATION  IN  ANY
   37  FORM  OR  MANNER)  BECAUSE  THE  INDIVIDUAL EXERCISED ANY RIGHT PROVIDED
   38  UNDER THIS ARTICLE OR OPPOSED ANY PRACTICE MADE UNLAWFUL BY  THIS  ARTI-
   39  CLE.
   40    2.  INTERFERENCE  WITH  PROCEEDINGS OR INQUIRIES. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL
   41  FOR ANY PERSON TO DISCHARGE OR IN  ANY  OTHER  MANNER  DISCRIMINATE  (AS
   42  DESCRIBED  IN  PARAGRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION) AGAINST
   43  ANY INDIVIDUAL BECAUSE SUCH INDIVIDUAL:
   44    (A) HAS FILED ANY CHARGE, OR HAS INSTITUTED OR CAUSED TO BE INSTITUTED
   45  ANY PROCEEDING, UNDER OR RELATED TO THIS ARTICLE;
   46    (B) HAS GIVEN, OR IS ABOUT TO GIVE, ANY INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH
   47  ANY INQUIRY OR PROCEEDING RELATING TO  ANY  RIGHT  PROVIDED  UNDER  THIS
   48  ARTICLE; OR
   49    (C)  HAS TESTIFIED, OR IS ABOUT TO TESTIFY, IN ANY INQUIRY OR PROCEED-
   50  ING RELATING TO ANY RIGHT PROVIDED UNDER THIS ARTICLE.
   51    S 696-H. CIVIL ACTION. 1. BY EMPLOYEE.  ANY  PERSON  DENIED  LEAVE  OR
   52  BENEFITS  DUE UNDER THIS ARTICLE OR AGGRIEVED BY AN ACTION MADE UNLAWFUL
   53  BY THIS ARTICLE SHALL HAVE A CAUSE OF ACTION IN ANY COURT OF APPROPRIATE
   54  JURISDICTION FOR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY WAGES, SALARY, EMPLOYMENT  BENE-
   55  FITS  OR OTHER COMPENSATION DENIED OR LOST TO SUCH INDIVIDUAL BY REASONS
   56  OF THE VIOLATION AND/OR ANY ACTUAL  MONETARY  LOSSES  SUSTAINED  BY  THE
       S. 2509                             4

    1  INDIVIDUAL  AS  A DIRECT RESULT OF THE VIOLATION, AS WELL AS INTEREST ON
    2  SUCH AMOUNT CALCULATED AT THE PREVAILING RATE, AND SUCH EQUITABLE RELIEF
    3  AS  MAY  BE  APPROPRIATE,  INCLUDING  EMPLOYMENT,   REINSTATEMENT,   AND
    4  PROMOTION,  TOGETHER  WITH  COSTS AND SUCH REASONABLE ATTORNEYS' FEES AS
    5  MAY BE ALLOWED BY THE COURT, AND IF THE VIOLATION WAS WILLFUL, AN  ADDI-
    6  TIONAL  AMOUNT AS LIQUIDATED DAMAGES EQUAL TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE
    7  TOTAL OF SUCH DAMAGES FOUND TO BE DUE.
    8    2. BY COMMISSIONER. ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE DENIED LEAVE OR BENEFITS
    9  DUE UNDER THIS ARTICLE OR AGGRIEVED BY AN ACTION MADE UNLAWFUL  BY  THIS
   10  ARTICLE,  THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSIONER MAY BRING A LEGAL ACTION NECESSARY
   11  TO COLLECT DAMAGES DUE TO THE  VIOLATION,  AND  THE  EMPLOYER  SHALL  BE
   12  REQUIRED TO PAY SUCH DAMAGES AND IF SUCH VIOLATION WAS WILLFUL, AN ADDI-
   13  TIONAL  AMOUNT AS LIQUIDATED DAMAGES EQUAL TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE
   14  TOTAL OF SUCH DAMAGES FOUND TO BE DUE.
   15    3. LIMITATION OF TIME. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW,  AN
   16  ACTION  TO  RECOVER  UPON  LIABILITY  IMPOSED  BY  THIS  ARTICLE MUST BE
   17  COMMENCED WITHIN TWO YEARS.
   18    S 696-I. SAVINGS CLAUSE. IF ANY  PROVISION  OF  THIS  ARTICLE  OR  THE
   19  APPLICATION  THEREOF TO ANY PERSON, EMPLOYER, OCCUPATION OR CIRCUMSTANCE
   20  IS HELD INVALID, THE REMAINDER OF THE ARTICLE  AND  THE  APPLICATION  OF
   21  SUCH  PROVISION  TO  OTHER  PERSONS,  EMPLOYEES, OCCUPATIONS, OR CIRCUM-
   22  STANCES SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED THEREBY.
   23    S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
   24  have become a law.
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