Keep your employees safe

As an employer, there is a range of legislation that you need to be familiar with. The latest bill before Parliament impacts a number of these and, in its current form requires employers to grant paid leave to victims of domestic violence.

Through the existing Holidays Act 2003, this bill introduces a new type of leave entitlement, to be paid in the same manner as sick or bereavement leave. The employee needs to provide the employer with a ‘domestic violence document’ which is a document relating to the violence (such as a police report), before being granted up to 10 days paid leave per year.

Through the Employment Relations Act 2000, this bill requires the employer to deal with a request for flexible working arrangements (working hours / days / duties / place) as soon as possible and no later than 3 months after it has been received.

Through the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, this bill requires employers to implement a workplace policy to manage situations where a person’s behaviour has caused harm, or has the potential to cause harm and stems from being a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence.

Through the Human Rights Act 1993 and the Employment Relations Act 2000, this bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of being a victim of domestic violence.

The bill is at the last stage, Royal Assent, prior to being passed into law.

For more information on this bill or employment matters please contact our employment specialist, April on 407 7117 or by email april@wwc.co.nz