New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed the much anticipated “New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act” (NJ SAFE Act). This act provides victims of domestic violence and sexual assault 20 days of unpaid leave and goes into effect October 1, 2013.
The SAFE Act is mandatory for all private employers in New Jersey with 25 or more employees. It allows any employee who is the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault up to 20 days of unpaid leave during the 12-month period following the incident for seeking medical attention for physical or psychological injuries, participating in court proceedings, or to increase personal safety by relocating as well as several other activities. This unpaid leave may be taken in intermittent levels by at least one day.
Employers must post the SAFE Act notice by the effective date of October 1, 2013 to ensure compliance. GovDocs has already added this notice to the New Jersey State-On-One Poster and will send the update to subscribers of our convenient Update Service.
NOTE: that while the NJ SAFE Act is available, we are still awaiting the new language for the NJ Gender Discrimination Posting.