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Domestic violence leave (DVL): Legislated changes from 1 April 2019 (New Zealand)

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.


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 Employer Services Manual Install Instructions. To download the manual see the file attachment on this page. In the manual, you'll find:

  • 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.

File attachment

Need more help? You can open the online help by pressing F1 on your keyboard while in your software.

You can also find more help resources on the MYOB Exo Employer Services Education Centre for Australia or New Zealand.

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