Leave Usage for Victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence

Effective Date Jan 1, 2015

Applicable Employee Classes:

Effective Date:

Approved by:

All Florida Tech Employees.

June 2021

Dr. T. Dwayne McCay, President

Leave Usage for Victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence

Under Florida Law, employers must provide employees up to 3 days of leave in a twelve-month period if the employee or a family or household member is a victim of domestic violence.  The fiscal year of July 1 to June 30 will be considered the 12-month period.  

Policy

An employee who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence or has a family or household member who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence may take up to three working days paid leave time within a 12-month period. Employees must exhaust any available annual vacation leave, personal leave and sick leave before requesting leave under this policy.

You may use the leave time for the following:

 - Seek an injunction for protection against domestic violence, an injunction for the protection in cases of repeat violence, dating violence, or sexual      violence;

 - Obtain medical care and/or medical health counseling for the employee, a family member, or household member to address physical   or psychological injuries resulting from domestic violence or sexual violence;

 - Obtain services from a victim-services organization, including but not limited to, a domestic violence shelter or program or a rape crisis center as   a result of the act of domestic violence or sexual violence;

 - Make the employee's home secure from the perpetrator or seek new housing or escape the perpetrator;

 - Seek legal assistance in addressing issues arising from the act of domestic violence or sexual violence or to attend and prepare for a related court proceeding.

Procedure

Except in cases of imminent danger to your health and safety or that of a family member, you must provide the Office of Human Resources with at least 48 hours of advance notice (321) 674-8100.

The Office of Human Resources may require you to provide certification of the purpose of the leave in the form of a letter from a volunteer services organization, police report or court record, or other corroborating evidence.