Were you aware….. The Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act passed its final reading on July 25th. New legal requirements for employers will come into effect in April 2019.
The law requires employers to provide up to 10 days paid leave from work for victims of domestic violence, separate from annual leave and sick leave entitlements. New Zealand is the second country in the world to offer this type of leave as a universal entitlement, after the Philippines.
The law also allows workers who are victims of domestic violence to request flexible working arrangements and prohibits employers from discriminating against people affected by domestic violence under the Human Rights Act.
These new requirements should be understood as a minimum for employers, which on their own are not enough to ensure that staff experiencing domestic violence are supported by their employer and are kept safe at work. Employers who care about staff wellbeing and morale, gender diversity and inclusion, improving staff retention, enhancing productivity, and being seen as socially responsible must do more than meet these legal requirements.
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