Victim and Witness Leave

Launch recognizes an employee’s rights to unpaid time off for the following reasons:

  • To exercise her/his rights as a victim as provided by the Criminal Procedure Law and the Executive Law
  • Consult with the District Attorney as provided in the Criminal Procedure Law
  • Exercise rights as provided by law prior to appearing as a witness

Under the law, “victims” include the aggrieved party or the next of kin of a deceased aggrieved party; the representative or guardian or a victim; a Good Samaritan (citizen who assists in an arrest or prevents a crime); or a pursuing application for or enforcement of an order of protection under the Criminal Procedure Law or the Family Court Act. When practicable, employees must provide notice to their immediate supervisor for leave to be approved.