January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking as well as National Stalking Prevention & Awareness Month and to mark the occasion the Guam Department of Labor is reminding the public that the Employment Leave for Victims of Violence Act provides job protection to victims of violence and their support groups so they can get the help and treatment they need.
Public Law 30-263 requires employers to:
• Grant reasonable leave from work for an employee to prepare for, and attend court proceedings;
• Receive medical treatment; and
• To obtain necessary services to remedy the crisis.
“It’s important for anyone who has suffered an act of violence to get the help and treatment necessary without the fear of job loss or the inability to get the time off,” said Guam Department of Labor Director David Dell’Isola.
The law applies to victims and their children, parents, and spouses.
Victims of violent crimes include domestic violence, assault, sexual assault, stalking or any act that would support an order for protection.
It also applies to all public and private employers, and it is up to the employer to give the leave paid or unpaid.
If employers don’t comply, they can be fined by the Department of Labor a civil penalty of up to $200 for each violation of this section.
“We understand it’s a difficult process. The Department of Labor supports victims and their families, and the work that the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence does for the community. We encourage the people of Guam to show their support by attending the Coalition’s events this month that recognize prevention and awareness,” Dell’Isola said.
If you feel that you were denied leave required under this act, you may contact the Guam Wage & Hour Division at 300-4601 or 475-7024 and our staff can provide guidance on how to proceed.
For More Info
• Phone: 479-2277
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Web: guamcoalition.org
• GDOL: For more information on Public Law 30-263:1 and Fair Labor Standards, contact the Guam Department of Labor’s Guam Wage & Hour Division at 300-4601 or 475-7024.
The Department of Labor is also encouraging residents to take part in a WAVE and Awareness Fair planned this week by the Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence.
Prevention & Awareness Wave
• When: 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 15, show time 4:30 p.m.
• Where: Marine Corps Drive, Across from Chamorro Village
Prevention & Awareness Fair
• When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18
• Where: Micronesia Mall Center Court