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The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has undertaken an initiative to help employers allow employees subject to domestic abuse or sexual violence seek needed assistance without fear of adverse job consequences. Those employers will work with affected employees to ensure their confidentiality, provide job-protected time off in appropriate circumstances, and not discriminate against the affected employee because they are subject to domestic abuse or sexual violence. As a result, those employers will be recognized as S.A.F.E.
Wisconsin employers of any industry and any size can commit to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's S.A.F.E. Initiative by implementing a domestic abuse and sexual violence policy that emphasizes confidentiality, job-protected time off, and non-discrimination.
Suggested workplace practices can encourage affected employees to share their circumstances with their employer in situations where this may be necessary or beneficial. This allows the employer to plan for foreseeable work interruptions to minimize disruption and maximize productivity, undertake any appropriate workplace safety measures, and direct the affected employee to needed assistance or resources.
Resources for victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence:
These are sample policies that meet the requirements of the S.A.F.E. program. Employers should work with their own legal counsel or human resources leadership to draft policy language appropriate for their particular organization. For further technical assistance, contact the Equal Rights Division.
DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) - Services and Resources (608) 251-4445 or (800) 747-4045
How employers can become S.A.F.E. Employer certified:
How to tell if an employer is part of the S.A.F.E. Initiative: