New domestic violence leave entitlements have started allowing people who suffer domestic abuse take time off work – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

New domestic violence leave entitlements have started allowing people who suffer domestic abuse take time off work




Starting today, employers are required to provide paid leave to workers who are victims of domestic violence, as per the Work-Life Balance Act passed earlier this year.

The Act entitles employees to up to five days of paid leave for domestic violence incidents over a period of 12 months.

Minister for Children and Equality, Roderic O’Gorman, emphasized that no one should have to choose between seeking support and risking poverty or unemployment.

Research indicates that over one-third of employees across multiple industries and levels of seniority have experienced domestic abuse.

A new online support hub has been launched for employers, providing free resources such as a policy template with guidance notes, information sessions, and email support services to help implement the new leave entitlements. The website URL is www.DVatWork.ie.

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