Gov. Lamont announces updated family violence policy for state employees


Governor-elect Ned Lamont reacts when speaking to supporters in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Lamont won election Wednesday as Connecticut’s governor, keeping the office in Democratic hands in part by promising to be a “firewall” against the policies of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Governor Ned Lamont and Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz have announced an update to the state’s policy pertaining to state employee’s who are victims of family violence to ensure they recieve appropriate support.

Governor Lamont says “Connecticut has been a leader on issues pertaining to domestic and family violence, and we want to continue these efforts.”   He says “Workers need to know that the law is on their side and protections are in place that can provide support.”

The law includes protections to victims so they can get the support they need without being penalized in their workplace.

The State of Connecticut’s updated policy pertaining to state employees includes:

· Makes clear that stalking and other forms of threatening or coercive behavior can fall under the definition of family violence;

· Clarifies agency responsibilities in responding to and assisting employees who are victims of family violence;

· Clarifies assistance with work schedules and other working conditions that agencies may make available to victims of family violence;

· Mandates that agencies provide victims of family violence additional information about resources available to them; and

· Makes available information for agencies and human resources professionals about family violence training resources.

State agencies are partnering with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence on resources for employees.

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