The government has launched a review of employment rights for survivors of domestic abuse. The review aims to ensure survivors of domestic abuse are given the support they need within the workplace, whether that is an outlet for reporting abuse, financial assistance or as a source of emotional support. It will begin with a call for written evidence and will also include a series of roundtables run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Home Office.

The availability of flexible working, unplanned leave, paying wages to a different bank account to help tackle economic abuse, making emergency salary payments available for those in real financial hardship and other employment needs will all be examined in exploring how employers and the government could better support domestic abuse survivors at work.

The government is currently seeking written evidence based on the following open questions:

•    what practical circumstances arise in relation to domestic abuse and work?
•    what support can be offered in the workplace to victims of domestic abuse?
•    what is possible with the existing framework?
•    what does current best practice look like?
•    what is the potential to do more?

The call for written evidence closes on 9 September 2020.

Source: New feed