What legal responsibi
lities do employers have regarding domestic violence?
Employers have a duty of care to the people they employ. Employers are familiar with this, as they are familiar with anti-harassment, discrimination, and bullying within their codes of conduct. As a result of these codes domestic violence falls under an employer’s duty of care. In addition to this, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees, be it physical or emotional, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1992. This gives employers legal responsibility to act should an employee be targeted at work in order to protect both the person enduring and their co-workers.