What is 'safe leave’ and what does this mean for employees who have experienced domestic abuse?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 May 2022
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Safe Leave; Domestic Abuse

Northern Ireland has become the first jurisdiction in the United Kingdom to provide support to victims of domestic abuse at work. Legislation has been introduced and is awaiting Royal Assent to provide employees who are victims of domestic abuse with the right of up to ten days of paid leave a year, known as ‘Safe Leave'.

From 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, the Police Service of Northern Ireland responded to 32,219 incidents of domestic abuse which equates roughly to a response every 16 minutes. The right to paid 'Safe Leave’ is viewed as particularly important given the impact of Covid-19 and the 'Stay at Home' message that was enforced. There are direct requirements in the Bill for

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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