Domestic Violence Leave (DVL) in New Zealand – legislated changes from 1 April 2019

Answer ID 39417   |    Published 15/07/2019 01:38 PM   |    Updated 16/07/2019 07:05 AM

Domestic Violence Leave (DVL) in New Zealand – legislated changes from 1 April 2019


Information here relates to MYOB Exo Payroll, and employees based in New Zealand.

The Domestic Violence – Victims’ Protection Act adds legal protections in the workplace for people affected by domestic violence.


More user information is available online or as a Pdf through your software application



From 1 April 2019, the act gives employees affected by domestic violence the right to: 

  • 10 days of paid domestic leave 
  • The ability to ask for short term flexible working arrangements 
  • The right to not be treated adversely in the work place because they may have been affected.  

Detailed setup instructions and further information


Setup requires upgrading to Exo Payroll version 2019.05 - this brings new functionality to manage Domestic Violence Leave, along with some minor changes to Extra Pay and Withholding Tax calculations.

This will be made available to all clients later in 2019 via the normal upgrade process. Until then, if you have a requirement to pay DVL and wish to upgrade, instructions are provided in the document attached at the end of this article.  Download and open the document to see:

  • Full instructions -  note that upgrading might require help from your own IT support staff. 
  • A link to download the upgrade installer file.
  • A link to download the "Release Notes" - please read for a full explanation of the new functionality.
  • A link to a video with more information.  


See document available from "File Attachments" section at end of this article.


Disclaimer: This information is of a generic nature. For specific advice regarding your particular circumstances, please contact your Accountant, the Inland Revenue Department, New Zealand at Work, Australian Tax Office or your IT Consultant as appropriate.
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