Support in the workplace for victims of domestic abuse - call for evidence

Friday, July 3, 2020

The government has launched a review of employment rights for survivors of domestic abuse.  As part of this review, the government is seeking evidence based on the following questions:

  • what practical circumstances arise in relation to domestic abuse and work?
  • what support can be offered in the workplace to victims of domestic abuse?
  • what is possible with the existing framework?
  • what does current best practice look like?
  • what is the potential to do more?

The consultation paper can be found here:

ELA’s L&P Committee is forming a Working Party, chaired by Felicia Epstein, London Borough of Brent and Jennifer Sole, Curzon Green, to respond to the call for evidence. Submissions are requested by 9 September 2020, so much of this work will be undertaken during July and August. As ever, we welcome volunteers from the junior end of the membership.

Please reply by 5pm on 7 July 2020, if you are interested in being involved. 

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

Working party guidelines 

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