Stormont's Economy Committee has launched an online survey to seek the public's views on Rachel Woods MLA's Safe Leave Bill.
The survey is open until Friday 7th January 2022 at 5pm. Anyone can submit their views at: https://consult.nia-yourassembly.org.uk/economy/domestic-abuse-safe-leave-bill/
The Safe Leave Bill will introduce a right of 10 days’ paid leave from work for victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland. Safe Leave is already available in many countries including New Zealand, the Philippines, Australia, Canada, Italy, and several US states. Similar provisions are also being proposed in the Republic of Ireland.
The Bill will ensure that victims and survivors in Northern Ireland are given the right to time off work to find alternative accommodation, deal with legal issues, get welfare support, seek healthcare, and protect their families.
Speaking after the Bill passed its Second Stage debate in the Assembly last month, Rachel Woods MLA said: "I am confident that there is enough time for this Bill to become law before the next election. It is a short and uncomplicated piece of legislation, but has the potential to save lives."