- Seek or obtain medical attention, counseling, victim services or legal assistance; secure housing; obtain a protective order from a court; appear in court or before a grand jury; meet with a district attorney or other law enforcement official; attend child custody proceedings; or address other issues directly related to the abusive behavior against the employee or family member of the employee; and
- The employee is not the perpetrator of the abusive behavior against such employee’s family member.
"Family members" include:
- Persons who are married to one another;
- Persons in a substantive dating or engagement relationship and who reside together;
- Persons having a child in common regardless of whether they have ever married or resided together
- A parent, step-parent, child, step-child, sibling, grandparent or grandchild; or
- Persons in a guardianship relationship.
The Act defines “abusive behavior” as:
- Domestic violence, defined as abuse by a person with whom the individual is in a relationship
- Sexual assault
There is currently no such law at the federal level, though Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) has attempted several times over the years to get such legislation passed in Congress, which I have written about before here.