Domestic Violence Leave
Washington County takes seriously the struggles of employees who are the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
The purpose of the Washington County Domestic Violence Leave Policy is to provide employees with the ability to take time off from work to address defined legal, health, and safety concerns of the employee or the employee’s minor children or dependents related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
TIME OFF FROM WORK:
Oregon law requires some employers to provide eligible employees with reasonable leave from work to address safety matters related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or criminal harassment:
- Seeking medical attention for, or recovering from, physical or psychological injuries caused by domestic or sexual violence to the employee or the employee’s family or household member.
- Obtaining services from a victim services organization for the employee or the employee's family or household member.
- Obtaining psychological or other counseling for the employee or the employee's family or household member.
- Participating in safety planning, temporarily or permanently relocating, or taking other actions to increase the safety of the employee or the employee's family or household member from future domestic or sexual violence or ensure economic security; or
- Seeking legal assistance or remedies to ensure the health and safety of the employee or the employee's family or household member, including preparing for or participating in any civil or criminal legal proceeding related to or derived from domestic or sexual violence.
"Family or household member" means a spouse, parent, son, daughter, and persons jointly residing in the same household.
REASONABLE SAFETY ACCOMMODATIONS:
Washington County will provide employees a reasonable workplace safety accommodation in response to actual or threatened domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or criminal harassment.
Safety accommodations may include:
- Modified schedule
- Changed work station or phone number
- Other measures to address safety
- A victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or is the parent or guardian of a minor child or dependant who is the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
The employee may provide any of the following as certification of eligibility:
Law enforcement papers;
Documentation from an attorney, counselor, victim service provider, health care professional or clergy member.
Unless otherwise required by law, any documents provided as certification of the victim’s status must be kept confidential and may not be released without expressed permission.
For more information on how to start a leave request with UNUM click here.