Changes to legislation mean up to six million Australians are entitled to domestic violence leave as a work place right in the National Employment Standards.
Up to six million Australians will now have access to a guaranteed entitlement of five days’ unpaid family and domestic violence leave-but is it enough?
Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced the passage through Federal Parliament of legislation which entitles employees to family and domestic violence leave as a workplace right, in the National Employment Standards, for the first time.
The changes will see the Fair Work Act amended to offer an entitlement to unpaid family and domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards. This entitlement applies to six million Australian employees, including those working full-time, casually, and part-time across all industries.
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How do employers embrace Domestic Violence Leave under the National Employment Standards?
For the first time, five days’ unpaid family and domestic violence leave is now accessible to up to six million Australians. The Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018 extends the decision of the Fair Work Commission in March 2018 to grant five days’ unpaid leave to employees covered by modern awards to other employees covered by the Fair Work Act. Australians who require leave need to be able to do so, sure that their job is protected. Employer-employee relationships can be make or break when it comes to sensitive topics like domestic violence, but with the right tools, these conversations can help your employee feel safe, while ensuring minimum disruption to your business. For more information on leave entitlements and navigating sensitive issues in the workplace, take a look at some of our resources below:
- Family and Domestic Violence Leave Explained
- Managing absenteeism – it’s not always laziness.
- Leave entitlements e-guide
- Employee calling in sick? It could be the start of a conversation you need to have.
- Extended Employee Personal Leave. Your Rights, Their Rights And What’s Best.
- Managing depression and anxiety in staff
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