In October 2013, the NJ SAFE Act went into effect, which requires Employers to provide unpaid leave to employees affected by domestic or sexual violence. Under the law, an employee who is the victim of domestic or sexual violence may receive a maximum of 20 days of unpaid leave in the 12 months following the incident. An employee also may take leave to assist a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or civil union partner who is victim to such violence. If an employee requests leave for a reason covered by both the NJ SAFE Act and the NJ Family Leave Act or the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, the leave will count simultaneously against the employee’s entitlement under each respective law.
The NJ SAFE Act specifically provides that an employee may take leave to: seek medical attention for, or recover from, injuries caused by domestic or sexual violence; obtain services from a victim services organization; receive psychological or other counseling; engage in activities to increase the safety of the employee or related individual, such as temporarily or permanently relocating; seek legal assistance or remedies to ensure the health and safety of the employee or related individual; and/or attend, participate in or prepare for a related court proceeding.