Under Massachusetts law, all employees, regardless of their eligibility for other leave, are eligible for up to fifteen (15) days of unpaid leave in any 12-month period to address the consequences of “abusive behavior” to themselves or family members.
A Lesley University employee must meet the following criteria to take domestic violence leave:
1. The employee, or a family member of the employee, is a victim of abusive behavior.
2. The employee is using the leave from work to: 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
3. The employee is not the perpetrator of the abusive behavior. For the purposes of this policy, “abusive behavior” means domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, or kidnapping, as defined by Massachusetts law, against an employee or the employee’s family member. In addition, “family member” means a spouse, partner, parent, step-parent, child, step-child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, a person with whom an employee has a substantive dating or engagement relationship, a person with whom an employee has a child in common, or a person with whom an employee is in a guardianship relationship.
An employee utilizing domestic violence leave must first exhaust all annual or vacation leave, personal leave and sick leave already available to the employee prior to requesting or taking leave under the Law, unless the employer waives this requirement.
Sick time and vacation time all annual or vacation leave, personal leave, and sick time will not accrue during the domestic leave.