Murphy Opens Consultation On Domestic Abuse Leave

Minister announces consultation on Domestic Abuse Safe Leave from work

Economy Minister Conor Murphy today launched a consultation on the introduction of a new right for victims of domestic abuse to access paid safe leave from work.

The Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Act (NI) 2022 was passed by the Assembly in March 2022. The Department for the Economy is required to consult and make regulations to operationalise this Act.

The Minister said: “This progressive legislation will give workers who are the victims of domestic abuse up to 10 days paid leave in each leave year to deal with issues related to domestic abuse. 

Economy Minister Conor Murphy opens a consultation on the rights of domestically abused victims to access paid safe leave from work.

“The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the practicalities of how we implement this important new employment right.

“Once implemented, safe leave will provide an important workplace support to some of the most vulnerable in our society.”

The Minister continued: “I want to take the views of all stakeholders, including workers, employers, trade unions and support organisations, so that we develop regulations that provide support for all users of this important new legislation. 

“I encourage everyone with an interest in this important area to respond to the consultation and share their views.”

The consultation will be open for 12 weeks from 5 July to 27 September 2024.

It is available on the Department for the Economy website at: