Pennsylvania Violence in the Workplace laws & HR compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

Philadelphia City Ordinance #080468-A, amending the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, requires employers to provide up to 8 weeks of unpaid leave per year to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, or to their qualifying family members, to receive applicable victim support services. The amount of leave available to employees depends on the employer's size. Leave for domestic violence may be taken intermittently or on a reduced work schedule.
An employee is entitled to a total of:
• 8 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period from an employer that employs 50 or more employees for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year; or
• 4 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period from an employer that employs fewer than 50 employees for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year.
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Covered family members. The Ordinance's definition of "covered family members" is quite expansive, including individuals who are spouses or who have been spouses; individuals living as spouses or who lived as spouses; parents; children; other individuals related by "consanguinity or affinity"; current or former sexual or intimate partners; individuals who share biological parenthood; or "life partners."
Notice. The employee must give at least 48 hours' advance notice of his or her intention to take the leave, unless providing such notice is not practicable. When an unscheduled absence occurs, the employer may not take any action against the employee if the employee, within a reasonable period after the absence, provides certification.
Certification. The ...

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