The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more people working fully remotely or in a hybrid capacity. Unfortunately, this has resulted in an increase in domestic abuse and violence cases or exacerbated existing abuse.

Businesses have a duty of care to their employees and in this session we provided tips for employers on how to approach domestic abuse. We were also joined by Abby Bisset from Shetland Women's Aid.

In this session we covered:

  • the role of the employer and its legal obligations to employees;
  • how to spot signs of domestic abuse;
  • support which employers can provide; and
  • domestic abuse policies.

Workbox by Brodies

Workbox by Brodies is our award-winning online HR and employment law site. Our new Domestic Abuse and Gender-Based Violence guidance page on Workbox is currently free-to-view for everybody until 12 May. Click here to access.

The page has detailed guidance on:

  • What are domestic abuse and gender-based violence?
  • Why are these workplace issues?
  • Health and safety implications
  • Spotting potential signs
  • Initial conversations with victims
  • Support and practical steps
  • Managing allegations of gender-based violence at work
  • Managing employees' conduct outside of work.

Workbox subscribers can also access an accompanying template policy to adapt to for their organisation.

If you would like to find out more about Workbox, please e-mail [email protected] and the Workbox team would be happy to arrange a short online demo for you and your team. 

Contributors

Lynne Marr

Partner

Garry Sturrock

Senior Associate