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Domestic Abuse: Leave

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL722, tabled on 7 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to put in place statutory paid leave for employees who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Answered on

21 June 2021

On 14 January 2021, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published the report from its review into how victims of domestic abuse can be supported in the workplace. This report finds that, with the right support, employers can play a key role in helping to lift the lid on domestic abuse.

Throughout this review, we heard about the value of employers having a policy in place to support victims in their workforce. We encourage all employers to do this, and wherever possible, offer victims flexibility and leave should they need it to access support.

The report sets out the next steps for government, including a consultation on making flexible working the default, further consultation on the steps which can be taken for victims of domestic abuse, for example, how to exercise existing rights more effectively, and establishing a working group to develop practical solutions and encourage good practice across all employers.