5 Days Domestic Violence Leave came into effect in November 2023

With effect from 27th November 2023, employees are entitled to up to 5 days paid leave in a 12-month period.

There is no mandatory service requirement.

It is paid at the normal/full rate of pay by the employer.

The leave is to enable employees experiencing domestic violence to seek supports and services. It also extends to an employee who is assisting a relevant person to access or obtain these supports.  A relevant person includes a spouse, dependent child, or cohabitant. 

An employee is required “as soon as reasonably practicable” after taking the leave to notify their employer of the dates on which the leave was taken. Thus, it can be applied for retrospectively after the employee has taken the leave. 

The employee does not need to provide any documentary evidence in support of their application. 

The employee will continue to accrue annual leave and public holidays during domestic violence leave and as noted above they should receive their full pay as normal.

Organisations should maintain a record of domestic violence leave taken and retain this for 3 years.