The government has approved the publication of the Work-Life Balance Bill which will introduce paid leave for victims of domestic violence.
he bill will bring in a series of measures to improve family-friendly work practices and support women in the workforce.
Once the legislation is enacted, people who suffer or are at risk of domestic violence will be entitled to five days of paid leave per year.
The government will put in place support for employers to help them develop policies on domestic violence in the workplace and to support employees who are victims of domestic violence.
The bill also contains three key measures to support families and caregivers.
These include the right to request flexible working arrangements for care purposes, for parents and guardians; a right to leave for medical care, both for employees with children up to 12 years of age and for caregivers.
It also includes an extension of the current right to breastfeeding and lactation breaks from six months to two years.
Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman said: “I am pleased to have secured Cabinet approval for the publication of the Work-Life Balance Bill.
“We are committed to ensuring that every child has the best start in life, and helping all parents spend more time with their children during those precious early years is a big part of that.
“Through a wide range of measures, it will provide additional flexibility to ensure that parents and guardians can be supported to balance their work and family life.
“It is important to note that the bill will also provide significant relief to those who suffer from domestic, sexual or gender-based violence.
“The government has always prioritized the issue of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, and Ireland will now become one of the first countries in Europe to introduce a right to paid leave for victims of domestic violence. “
The government has also endorsed the Domestic Violence Leave report, which includes recommendations on how best to support employees who are victims of domestic violence.
The report makes two key recommendations.
This includes introducing some form of domestic violence leave and putting in place supports for employers to help them develop policies on domestic violence in the workplace to complement the leave and to better support employees who are victims of domestic violence.
The department also said the minister intended to introduce legislation providing for a form of domestic violence leave as amendments at the committee stage of the Work Balance Bill. -personal life and miscellaneous arrangements.