Employees can use this protected leave for matters that arise from being a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, including but not limited to:
• Seeking medical attention for injuries;
• Obtaining services from domestic violence shelters, programs, or rape crisis centers;
• Obtaining psychological counseling;
• Participating in safety planning and taking related actions such as seeking a temporary or permanent relocation.
Employees are also entitled to use any available vacation or sick leave for such purposes.
This new law signed by Governor Brown requires California employers to “inform each employee of his or her rights” when a new employee is hired and to other employees upon request. The Labor Commissioner will develop a form for employers to use for these purposes, which will be published on the Commissioner’s website on July 1, 2017. Notice requirements for employers also take effect on July 1, 2017.