Your Right to Time Off Work FAQ

I recently left an abusive relationship; am I entitled to time off work to find a new place to live and get a restraining order to protect my kids and me?

In some states and the District of Columbia, employees have the right to take time off work to get restraining orders, seek new housing, get counseling or medical attention, and handle other issues relating to domestic violence. State laws vary in the details -- such as how much time you can take, what situations are covered, and what type of notice you have to give. Although this leave generally isn't paid, you may be able to use your accrued paid leave during this time off. For more information, see Nolo's article Domestic Violence Leave: Taking Time Off From Work.

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