Bill allowing leave for domestic violence victims passed, but there is still a ways to go - Jan Logie

Jan Logie.
Jan Logie. Photo credit: Parliament TV

In a world first, New Zealand domestic violence victims will be able to take up to 10 days paid leave, but Jan Logie says there's still a way to go.

A new Bill has passed its third reading with support from the Government and Green Party, while National refused to support the Bill.

Ms Logie, Parliamentary Undersecretary to the Minister of Justice, says the Bill's passing is not the end of the discussion.

"We need to be actually taking a really considered look at what we're doing," she said.

Domestic violence charity Shine welcomed the Bill, which it says will ensure a basic level of support from employers.

"What they end up with is a really loyal employee who loves where they work and appreciates their employer and it means that that employer doesn't have to recruit for that vacancy again," said spokesperson Holly Carrington.

National's Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell said the party could not support the Bill because it could disadvantage women in the workplace.

"Ultimately, employers will start to filter and start to look at whether or not they want to hire someone that may present a risk around domestic violence because ultimately it could impact on their business," he said.

"Jan Logie's Bill is not going to prevent or stop one domestic violence attack against a woman...  And actually if the Government really believes in this Bill, then fund it - don't pass the cost onto small and medium businesses."

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