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Domestic violence leave a great relief

FIRST Union welcomes new law that better protects those affected by domestic violence.

The Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Bill allows those experiencing violence in their lives to up to ten days paid domestic violence leave per year to be able to better deal with the effects of domestic violence.

FIRST Union Central Regional Secretary, Sheryl Cadman, says the leave will go a long way to helping those who need it.

“When someone is experiencing domestic violence, the last thing they need is for it to affect their work life which so often provides the independence required to help get victims the help they need.”

Ms Cadman says the law hasn’t come soon enough.

“We shouldn’t need a law such as this but New Zealand’s horrific domestic violence rates show we need to do all we can to assist those affected by domestic violence. Too often, we come across employees trying to hold down a job while dealing with a dangerous relationship. Allowing people time off means they’re more likely to be able to stay in employment during those difficult times.”

She adds that while most employers will act compassionately with regards to the law, they will need to tread carefully.

“We hope employers will be forthcoming in accepting and implementing the new law. It also prohibits an employee from being treated differently with regards to their employment in relation to any domestic violence they may be facing. They will be able to raise a dispute if their employer refuses the leave.”


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