This Act came into effect in New Zealand on 1 April 2019 and adds legal protection in the workplace for people affected by domestic violence.
It gives employees affected by domestic violence the rights to:
It does not matter when the domestic violence took place. The employee still has these rights if they experienced domestic violence before they began working for their current employer or before these changes to the law.
We could write pages and pages about this Act, but below are some links to summary information, the Act itself, Fact Sheet from Employment NZ and an FAQ sheet – these will help you understand the act and what it means to you as an employer.
The Domestic Violence Act 2018
Summary information from Employment New Zealand
FAQs for employers and employees
We advise you to update your workplace policies to cover domestic violence rights and responsibilities. Having clear policies helps build good working relationships between workers and employers and makes it simpler for both employee and employers to handle the effects of domestic violence. Employers who break employment law may have to pay up to $20,000.
If you need any help understanding the Act and its implications or if you need help updating your workplace policies, please call Tarryn on 027 530 1255 or Josie on 021 236 5079
Tarryn has worked in HR for over 14 years and loves to solve problems. She is a self professed employment relations junkie! She lives in Auckland with her dedicated husband, tireless toddler and three special needs cats.