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Act 206

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In 2011 the state of Hawaii enacted Act 206 to protect the employment rights of victims of domestic and sexual violence by:

  1. prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of domestic or sexual violence victim status and
  2. requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence.

Act 206 takes effect on January 1, 2012. Here is a PDF synopsis of Act 206. You can also download a PDF "Frequently Asked Questions" sheet here. Please note that you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files. You can learn more about Act 206 by visiting the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission Webpage.

The Domestic Violence Action Center is available to provide support, information and assistance related to this new law. DV Action Ready is a new program that the DVAC will roll out to businesses to prepare and support them as they better understand domestic violence and its impact on their workforce.

Employees who need support as they manage the challenges of working and staying safe are welcome to call DVAC Helpline at (808) 531-3771 or (800) 690-6200.