employee resigns, employers should inform victims of their potential eligibility for unemployment insurance, and should respond quickly to any requests for information that may be needed in the claims process. Although New York State Law does not include a provision specifically relating to an individual who is separated from employment due to circumstances involving domestic violence, §591 of New York State Labor Law regarding eligibility for unemployment insurance includes a "good cause" provision. Under this provision, victims of domestic violence can be found eligible for unemployment insurance provided they have made reasonable efforts to protect themselves and their jobs.
a.Any employee who is found to have threatened, harassed, or abused a current or former partner at the workplace or from the workplace using any workplace resources such as work time, workplace phones, FAX machines, mail, e-mail, or other means should be subject to corrective or disciplinary action in accordance with existing collective bargaining unit agreements and statutory regulations.
b.In cases in which an employer has verification that an employee has been arrested for a domestic violence offense, and said employee has job functions that include the authority to take actions that may negatively impact victims and/or actions that may protect abusers from appropriate consequences for their behavior, said employee should be subject to corrective or disciplinary action in accordance with existing collective bargaining unit agreements and statutory regulations, pending an investigation.
Within all of the systems included in this policy, there are employees that are in positions in which they have authority to intentionally take actions that may cause harm to victims and/or collude with abusers. This is probably not the case for all employees within a given system, however. For example, clerical staff or financial management staff within a substance abuse treatment program might not have the authority to take actions that could cause harm to victims or collude with abusers receiving services in the program, but