COVID-19:Responding to domestic violence at work when home is the workplace


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Employers Must Protect Survivors Who Work from Home

landmark ruling from an Australian Supreme Court is raising awareness of the responsibility employers have to protect home-based workers from domestic violence. 

The case involves a couple that worked together from their home for a financial planning business. In 2010, Steven Hill bludgeoned his partner, Michel Carroll to death with a hammer. Hill suffered from paranoid delusions and believed that Carroll was conspiring to steal his clients and ruin him. In June 2020, the New South Wales Supreme Court ruled that an employer can be held responsible for family violence when staff work from home.