The government has approved the publication of the Work-Life Balance Act, which will introduce paid leave for victims of domestic violence.
The bill will introduce a range of measures to improve family-friendly work practices and support women in the workforce.
Once the law comes into force, those suffering or at risk of domestic violence will be entitled to five days paid leave per year.
The government will provide support to employers to help them develop policies on domestic violence at work and to support workers who are experiencing domestic violence.
The bill also includes three key measures to support families and carers.
These include the right to request flexible working arrangements for caregivers for parents and carers; Right to time off for medical care, both for employees with children up to the age of 12 and for carers.
It also includes an extension of the previous entitlement to breastfeeding and lactation breaks from six months to two years.
Children’s Secretary Roderic O’Gorman said: “I am delighted to have received Cabinet approval for the publication of the Work-Life Balance Bill.
“We are committed to ensuring that every child has the best start in life and supporting all parents to spend more time with their children during those precious early years is a big part of that.
“Through a broad package of measures, it will offer additional flexibility to ensure parents and carers can be supported in balancing work and family life.
“Importantly, the bill also offers significant support to those who suffer domestic, sexual or gender-based violence.
“The Government has always prioritized the issue of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence and Ireland will now be one of the first countries in Europe to introduce paid leave rights for victims of domestic violence.”
The Government also approved the Domestic Violence Leave Report, which provides recommendations on how best to support staff experiencing domestic violence.
The report makes two important recommendations.
These include the introduction of some form of domestic violence leave and support for employers to help them develop workplace domestic violence policies to complement leave and better support workers affected by domestic violence.
The department also said the minister intends to introduce legislation providing for some form of domestic violence leave as committee-stage amendments to the Work-Life Balance Bill and various provisions.
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