People won’t “make up stories” for domestic violence furloughs, Taoiseach says, as Ibec opposes furloughs for victims

People will not make up stories to capitalize on a new domestic violence furlough, the Taoiseach told the Dáil.

e was responding to a TD who said she was “absolutely appalled that business lobby group Ibec had objected to a government plan to introduce paid leave for victims of domestic violence.

In a submission on the subject, Ibec said victims in such cases could already take sympathy, force majeure, or sick leave.

The panel argued that employers should be allowed to ask for evidence to stop any “potential abuse” of paid leave for victims of domestic violence, the Irish Independent revealed.

Employers should have a legal right to seek “proof” of domestic violence “to prevent any possible abuse of domestic violence”.

Jennifer Whitmore of the Social Democrats said: “To ask someone who has suffered domestic violence for evidence that they actually suffered that abuse is retraumatizing.”

She added, “That level of disbelief and distrust is exactly why victims don’t come forward.”

She asked the state to ensure that it will never be the case “that someone actually has to prove that they have suffered domestic violence in order to be entitled to a holiday”.

The Taoiseach said, “I think we have to be sensitive about this. It is a very difficult situation for a person to find himself in.

“It’s not like people just go ahead and use that as some kind of excuse or anything. That will not happen.”
He added: “It’s very difficult for people to come forward and say I need a domestic violence leave. So we will support employers to develop their own domestic violence protection policies.”
Mr Martin said the entitlement will be introduced as an amendment to labor legislation going through the House and is a world-leading initiative.
The law would ensure that victims of domestic violence “are treated appropriately in their workplaces, and it would ensure that requests for domestic violence leave can be treated sensitively,” the Taoiseach said.

A tender for the provision of support services in this area will be issued in the coming days, he said.

“It is a recommendation that has been made and we are acting on it,” the Taoiseach said. “That’s five days of domestic violence leave.” People won’t “make up stories” for domestic violence furloughs, Taoiseach says, as Ibec opposes furloughs for victims

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