Vermont Expands Crime Victim Leave

Vermont has amended its crime victim leave law, which applies to employers of all sizes. An employee who is an alleged victim of a crime or delinquent act is now entitled to take leave to attend a related criminal proceeding that they are required or have the right to attend. (Previously the law did not explicitly cover alleged victims, just victims.)

Employees can also take leave if their family member is an alleged victim and:

  • Is a minor
  • Has been found to be incompetent
  • Was killed because of a crime, or
  • Was hurt physically or emotionally as a direct result of a violent crime (such as domestic assault, stalking, or human trafficking)

Employees may not take leave if they are the alleged offender.

Action Item
Update your crime victim leave policy to ensure that it covers the expansions to the law.