Requires the provision of 5 days of paid leave and counseling to child protective services employees investigating child abuse or maltreatment when the child dies from such abuse or maltreatment.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to paid leave and counseling for child protective services employees when an abused or maltreated child dies
To give paid leave and counseling to child protective services employees when an abused or maltreated child dies.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. adds a new section 424-c to the social services law that would provide five days paid leave, and counseling to non-supervisory child protective services employees when there is a child fatality in a case of suspected child abuse, or maltreatment they are investigating. This section further provides (b) that such leave shall not be charged against any other leave the employee is otherwise entitled to. Lastly this section provides that each local service district shall offer every non-supervisory local child protective services employee subject of this section counseling or psychological assistance at no cost to the employee.
While fatalities during child protective services investigations are rare, they can be quite traumatic for all parties involved. This act would allow child protective services employees paid leave and counseling to cope with the traumatic experience of a child fatality during an investigation that they experienced first hand.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7506 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to paid leave and counseling for child protective services employees when an abused or maltreated child dies THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section 424-c to read as follows: S 424-C. PAID LEAVE AND COUNSELING; DEATH OF ABUSED OR MALTREATED CHILD. 1. (A) A NON-SUPERVISORY LOCAL CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES EMPLOYEE THAT IS INVESTIGATING A REPORT OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR MALTREATMENT SHALL RECEIVE FIVE DAYS OF PAID LEAVE IF THE CHILD SUSPECTED OF BEING ABUSED OR MALTREATED DIES WHEN THERE IS REASONABLE CAUSE TO SUSPECT THAT THE DEATH WAS THE RESULT OF INJURIES SUFFERED FROM SUCH ABUSE OR MALTREATMENT. (B) THE ENTIRE PERIOD OF THE LEAVE OF ABSENCE GRANTED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE EXCUSED LEAVE AND SHALL NOT BE CHARGED AGAINST ANY OTHER LEAVE SUCH EMPLOYEE IS OTHERWISE ENTITLED TO. 2. EACH LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT SHALL OFFER EVERY NON-SUPERVI- SORY LOCAL CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES EMPLOYEE SUBJECT TO SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION COUNSELING OR PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSISTANCE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DEATH OF THE CHILD. SUCH ASSISTANCE SHALL BE OFFERED AT NO COST TO THE EMPLOYEE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15147-01-4