Prior to the recent elections, the government in Northern Ireland confirmed plans to introduce statutory ‘Safe Leave’ into law.
Victims of domestic abuse will be entitled to 10 days’ paid leave each year, from day one of employment. It is intended to allow them to deal with related issues. These include finding alternative accommodation, protecting family members and getting welfare and healthcare support.
Whilst this does not impact laws in England, Scotland and Wales, it does show governments are taking the issue seriously.
Although a similar law is not currently proposed for GB, employers may wish to consider introducing a form of ‘safe leave’ as a contractual provision. Additional benefits and support programs can help attract top talent to your organisation, it can help with staff retention and can help with productivity.
If you would like to discuss how you could implement this a scheme like this, please get in touch.