The Government has recently introduced a new employee entitlement to take paid leave for domestic violence.
From Monday, 27 November 2023, it is a legal requirement for employers to allow affected employees affected up to 5 days paid leave in a rolling 12 month period. This initiative enables individuals to seek assistance from An Garda Siochana, access medical aid, relocate, or seek support from relevant organisations. Employees are entitled to receive their standard salary during these days.
Employees must, as soon as reasonably practicable, after having taken the leave, notify their employer of the fact that they have taken domestic violence leave and the dates on which it was taken.
The Act does not require employees to provide evidence to support their need to take domestic violence leave.
Employers are advised to ensure an effective Domestic Violence Policy is in place. This framework is crucial, offering clear guidelines and unwavering support to both managers and employees when addressing the sensitive needs of individuals affected by domestic violence.