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New Right to Domestic Violence Leave Comes into Force

Minister Roderic O’Gorman has announced the commencement of domestic violence leave.

Under the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023, anyone experiencing or at risk of domestic violence will be entitled to take five days leave in order to access supports. They will also be entitled to full pay during the period of leave.

To facilitate implementation of this new leave system across Ireland, Women’s Aid were commissioned to develop supports for employers to implement the leave and have established a dedicated website

A series of webinars will be held by Women’s Aid which will provide advice and information to employers on domestic violence policies. These sessions are open to all employers and registration is now open to take part in the sessions.

Speaking about this announcement, Minister O’Gorman said, “no one experiencing domestic violence should have to risk poverty or unemployment in order to seek support. From today, all employees will be entitled to five days leave on full pay so that they can access the supports they may need. This will make Ireland one of the first countries in the European Union to introduce this right.”

Minister O’Gorman went on to say, “domestic violence leave is not just about the leave. It can start conversations in workplaces and society around domestic violence and raise awareness. Employers have a crucial role to play and I would encourage them to use the supports which have been developed to create a safe space for employees experiencing domestic violence.”

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