Domestic violence leave
Teachers are now entitled to paid domestic violence leave.
Circular 59/2023 Domestic Violence Leave for Registered Teachers (Click here) outlines the terms and conditions of this leave for teachers. Arrangements for this leave follow a new regulation which is being introduced under the Work Life Balance Act 2023.
It is now a legal requirement for employers to offer up to five days of paid leave over a period of 12 months to employees affected by domestic violence. This is available to a teacher who is experiencing domestic violence, or who is providing support to another relevant person who is experiencing domestic violence, as outlined in the Circular.
This issue of domestic violence leave had been consistently raised by the teacher unions, including the ASTI, at the Teachers’ Conciliation Council (TCC) supporting a safe working environment for all union members.