Domestic violence leave to cover 100 per cent of pay

Domestic violence leave to cover 100 per cent of pay

Roderic O'Gorman

Victims of domestic violence will receive their full pay for five days under the domestic violence leave scheme set to be introduced later this year, the government has announced.

Domestic violence leave will be formally introduced in the autumn with the publication of regulations setting out the rate of pay and guidance for employers, currently being developed by Women’s Aid.

The new form of leave was introduced as part of the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023, passed earlier this year.

The decision on the rate of pay was reached following consultation with employers’ representatives, trade unions and domestic violence support organisations.

Roderic O’Gorman, minister for children, equality, disability, integration and youth, said: “Domestic violence leave gives a victim of domestic violence the chance to access support without impacting on their employment and income.

“It is important that they can take the leave without worrying about losing income or being put at more risk. Ensuring that they can receive their full pay will go a long way to help with this.”

A requirement to consult with domestic violence support organisations on the rate of pay was added to the legislation at report stage to ensure that those who work most closely with victims of domestic violence would have the opportunity to contribute their views to the process.

Mr O’Gorman said: “The decision on the rate of pay was taken following consultations with a range of bodies, and their views are reflected in this decision. Any issues raised in the consultations regarding the leave will be taken into account in the review of the provisions.”


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