Connecticut has an existing law that provides leave for employees who are victims of certain crimes.

The law has now been expanded, effective October 1, 2010, to provide additional rights for employees who are victims of family violence. “Family violence” is defined as an incident resulting in physical harm, bodily injury, or assault, or a threatened act of such violence, between family or household members.

This portion of the law applies to employers with three or more employees. Victims of family violence are allowed up to 12 days of leave for the following reasons:

• To seek medical care or psychological or other counseling;
• To obtain services from a victim services organization;
• To relocate due to family violence; or
• To participate in any civil or criminal proceeding related to or resulting from the family violence.

All employees are eligible for the leave, which may be paid or unpaid. The employee may use any available paid time off. The employee must provide notice of the need for leave at least seven days in advance, or as soon as practicable. The employer may require the employee to provide specified types of documentation to support the leave.