Today (1 April 2019) the Domestic Violence - Victim Protections Act 2018 comes into effect providing employees with support at work.

Victims of domestic violence will be able to request up to 10 days additional leave from work a year to manage the effects of domestic violence including making arrangements to ensure their safety and the safety of their children.

In addition, the employee can request a short temporary change for up to two months to their working conditions including location, hours of work, duties and other changes that in the employee’s view would enable them to deal with the domestic violence.

These new entitlements apply to employees who have worked at least 6 months with their employer and an average of at least 10 hours a week.

There are specific requirements for these requests which have to be in writing, and if requested the employee also has to provide proof of the domestic violence.

Please see attached New Zealand Council of Trade Unions fact sheet setting out all the entitlements and requirements for accessing this workplace support.

In unity.
Wattie Watson
Secretary

DOWNLOAD FILE DOWNLOAD FILE

Related Articles

VIEW ALL VIEW ALL

Notice to Auckland Local Members

This week, Auckland City 206 was removed from service due to a driveshaft issue. Parnell 255 has been away for repair for an extended period. This leaves Auckland with only one 24-year-old “heavy” aerial appliance.


Christchurch Earthquake Commemorative Coin Presentation

NZPFU Christchurch Local in conjunction with Christchurch Firefighters Social Club invite NZPFU members to be presented with a 10 year Christchurch earthquake anniversary coin. Social Club Members warmly welcomed to this event.


Tauranga Local Notice to Members

The failure of Tauranga 712’s engine on Tuesday has, once again, highlighted the mismanagement of our local FENZ operational fleet. This is to the detriment to the safety of both the Tauranga FENZ Career Professional, Volunteer staff and the public and industry to which we are tasked with protecting.