Award Changes: Family & Domestic Violence Leave

Award Changes: Family & Domestic Violence Leave

August 15, 2018 News & Events

On August 1st 2018 the Fair Work Commission handed down a decision to add an entitlement to Unpaid Family & Domestic Violence leave into Modern Awards.

The new entitlement means that employees covered by an award with the new clause are entitled to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year.

What is Family and Domestic Violence?

Family and domestic violence means violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by an employee’s family member that:
  • seeks to coerce or control the employee
  • causes them harm or fear

This new entitlement does not apply to non-award employees, employees covered by enterprise awards or state/public employees.

This entitlement can also extend to employees who need to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence, and it is impractical for them to do so inside of work hours.

For more information on how to implement this new form of leave in your workplace, contact HR On-Demand on 1300 55 99 62.

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