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Govt recognition of domestic abuse impact at work welcomed

15 Jan 2021
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We now need commitments from the Government, including the right for paid time off for domestic abuse survivors in law

GMB union has welcomed a Government report accepting the need for employers to do more to support workers that have survived domestic abuse.

The union has long campaigned for employers to sign up to our Work to Stop Domestic Abuse Charter.

GMB is calling on Government to bring forward greater workplace protections for domestic abuse survivors in legislation such as paid leave and the right to flexible working.

Nell Andrew, GMB National Equality and Inclusion Officer, said:

“We are pleased to see Government listening to what our members have been saying regarding GMB's work to stop domestic abuse charter and calling on employers to put in more support for survivors.

“We now need firm commitments from the Government, including the right for paid time off for domestic abuse survivors in law, it is crucial we make the workplace a safe environment for those fleeing domestic abuse.

“Ministers must quickly bring forward a levelling up program on employment rights in the long-awaited employment bill including greater protections for domestic abuse survivors.

“Changes to the law would save lives.”

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