11 April 2024

Minister for Enterprise, Kevin Hollinrake, has released a statement following a review of domestic abuse statutory leave provision for employees by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT).

In meetings and roundtables held with employers, workers and victim representative groups, DBT explored the role of employers in supporting victims of domestic abuse in the workplace. It was widely agreed that domestic abuse is a workplace issue, and employers can offer support in a number of ways.

On whether a specific entitlement for those experiencing domestic abuse should be created, it has been decided that now is not the time to bring forward new proposals in this area due to complexity and differing circumstances. However, the need for flexibility from employers is highlighted, in particular the new rules around flexible working patterns that commenced from 6 April 2024.

How do you feel about the potential for a new statutory entitlement? Or are existing safeguards and provisions adequate to assist those who need the support?

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