New unpaid family and domestic violence leave entitlement available to all employees
ATTENTION employers, all employees can now take unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence, following a recent change to the Fair Work Act 2009.
On 12 December 2018 the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2018 took effect.
The Fair Work Act 2009 now includes an entitlement to unpaid family and domestic violence leave as part of the National Employment Standards (NES).
The new entitlement applies to all employees (including part-time and casual employees). It applies from 12 December 2018.
What is the new entitlement and who does it apply to?
The new entitlement is to five days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year.
It applies to all employees (including part-time and casual employees).
Family and domestic violence is violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by a close relative of an employee that:
- seeks to coerce or control the employee
- causes the employee harm or to be fearful.
A close relative of the employee is a person who:
- is a member of the employee’s immediate family, or
- is related to the employee according to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander kinship rules.
Employees can take the leave if they need to do something to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence and it’s impractical to do so outside their ordinary hours of work.
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How does the new NES entitlement affect the existing award entitlement to unpaid leave?
On 1 August 2018, all industry and occupation awards were updated to include unpaid family and domestic violence leave.
The award entitlement is for the same amount of leave as the new entitlement in the NES.
This means that for all employees covered by industry and occupation awards, the amount of the entitlement hasn’t changed. However, the recent changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 mean that all employees now have access to this leave entitlement, regardless of whether they’re covered by an award or not.
Where can I find more information?
Confidential information, counselling and support for people impacted by domestic and family violence is available at the 1800 RESPECT website , the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
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