New guidance has been launched as of 10th April 2013, to help employers manage and support employees affected by domestic abuse, which one in four women will experience at some point in their lifetime.
The guidance, developed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, outlines how employers should respond if an employee is affected by domestic abuse.
The guidance is designed to enable employers to develop a domestic abuse workplace policy and provides tips for managers on how to manage and support an employee experiencing domestic abuse. These small steps can include giving an employee time off to consult a lawyer, diverting telephone calls or providing a safe car park space.
The guidance is necessary because domestic abuse is a subject that managers struggle to respond to appropriately. People experiencing domestic abuse can be subject to disciplinary action and even lose their jobs because their behaviour, being late for example, is misinterpreted. A domestic abuse workplace policy will mean that skilled and experienced staff are able to retain their jobs and feel safe and supported in the workplace.
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