Episode 4: What is VESSA and Why Is It Important?

In this episode, Kristen sits down with one of the firm’s associate attorneys, Laura Lefkow-Hynes, to discuss a little-known but crucial law in Illinois named the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). VESSA allows workers facing domestic violence to take time off of work, among other provisions. Kristen & Laura take a deep-dive into the origins of VESSA, whom it protects, and how to address VESSA rights for you or a loved one in your workplace. They also underline the importance of prioritizing personal safety and mental health services across workplaces. With helpful examples of VESSA violations at work and common protections employers can provide, Laura and Kristen break down where and how this Act can be used to protect workers. This episode is a must-listen for any employee or employer looking for accessible information about VESSA.