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Domestic Violence Leave: the Cinch Checklist

by Laura Marwick

Our recent guide to Domestic Violence Leave struck a chord with a lot of readers. Small business employers are still uncertain about their new responsibilities, and there's not a lot of info out there! So we decided to find out more for you.

We may be the payroll pros, but this time we're calling in an expert from the HR side. We talked to Kim Rippin, Founder of Cinch Human Resources and a very resourceful human. Kim has been helping small businesses manage their people for 15 years, and knows her industry inside out. Here's what she had to say.

A Quick Reminder

Domestic Violence Leave will come in from April 1st 2019. This entitles "a person who is affected by domestic violence" to:

Taking Action

Domestic Violence Leave

If you are a Person Affected by Domestic Violence (as defined in the Holidays Act 2003) and you have 6 months’ continuous service, you may be entitled to Domestic Violence Leave in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Holidays Act 2003. In summary, after 6 months’ continuous service, you may be entitled to up 10 days’ paid Domestic Violence Leave in each subsequent year of service for the purpose of assisting you to deal with the effects of being a Person Affected by Domestic Violence.

Following Through

This should be an ongoing effort, Kim says:

As a good employer, it's important to ensure employees are encouraged to speak up about problems they may be dealing with around domestic violence. This won’t be achieved by simply dropping in a new workplace Policy and being done with it. Instead, employers should be thinking about how they actively communicate and embed into their workplace a culture that makes people feel safe and supported in relation to Domestic Violence.


Hopefully we've got you feeling well-informed and compliance-ready! While you're at it, make sure you're across other upcoming changes to employment in NZ.

A big thanks to Kim Rippin and the team at Cinch for their time and wisdom. If you have any questions, get in touch, or talk to Cinch for help with your HR.


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Posted on 21 March 2019

Laura Marwick
Marketing Communications & Engagement Manager

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