Imagine trying to work while juggling court, counselling, and your family’s needs following a domestic violence incident. This is the situation for thousands of Kiwis, but it’s set to improve with the new Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Act. The law enables people affected by family violence to apply for specific leave and flexible working arrangements to help them keep their jobs during a challenging time.
Employees affected by domestic abuse can take up to 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave. They can also ask for flexible working arrangements for up to two months. Like sick leave and bereavement leave, domestic violence leave is to be taken as needed.
So what do you need to know? MBIE’s breakdown is a useful read
Or the government’s business site may be helpful for you.
Stay open-minded and make a plan
Take some time to think about how you’ll approach requests for domestic violence leave. It’s a good idea to put together a practical plan to ensure you respect and protect your staff members’ privacy throughout the process. Keep in mind you could get requests for leave for a range of reasons including physical, sexual and psychological abuse, harassment, threats, intimidation and financial abuse.
If you need help putting together a plan, please call us.