Labor Committee Passes Expanded Protections for Victims of Violent Crime
SACRAMENTO - The Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment endorsed legislation today that would provide the victims of any violent crime time to recover without fear of losing their jobs. AB 2992, authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. (D-San Diego), will also expand unpaid leave to the immediate family members of homicide victims.
"No employees who have been victims of violent crimes should have to choose between their physical and emotional safety and the financial consequences of losing their jobs," Weber said. "AB 2992 will ensure that all survivors of violence can take limited unpaid time off to secure their safety and that families of murder victims can grieve and deal with the loss of their loved ones."
The bill will include protections for the families of murder victims as well as for survivors of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault or crimes involving physical injury
A 2013 survey of crime survivors commissioned by the State Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice found that one in four California survivors missed work following the crime and two in three reported experiencing anxiety, stress or difficulty with sleeping, relationships or work. Half of survivors said it took more than six months after being victimized to recover. A UC Berkeley Study also found that the parents of homicide victims report difficulty returning to work, and more than one in four family members quit their jobs or were fired for missing work after the murder of their loved ones.
The bill now moves to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.