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PSA backs domestic violence bill

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/12/2016

The Public Services Association has backed a private member's bill that would help victims of domestic violence to receive support from their employers.

Green Party MP Jan Logie's private member's bill was drawn out of the ballot on Thursday, more than 12 months after she put forward her proposal.

Among the bill's provisions is up to 10 days' leave from work and flexible working hours.

"The bill will clarify that domestic violence is a health and safety hazard and will strengthen flexible working arrangements to ensure they are fit for purpose," she says.

Public Services Association national secretary Erin Polaczuk urged the government to support the bill.

"Staying in work is crucially important for victims of family violence - for employers it makes good business sense, but it's also the right thing to do," she said.

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