New law to ex­pand DV un­paid leave

The Weekend Post - - Business -

NEW laws to pro­vide for a guar­an­teed five days’ fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence leave have been in­tro­duced into fed­eral par­lia­ment.

“The scourge of fam­ily vi­o­lence strikes at the heart of our com­mu­ni­ties and con­tin­ues to im­pact far too many Aus­tralians,” the Min­is­ter for Jobs and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions and Min­is­ter for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said.

“It causes great pain and an­guish to those who ex­pe­ri­ence it, their chil­dren and their loved ones.”

“Too of­ten it threat­ens work­ers’ abil­ity to hold down a job – to pro­vide for them­selves and their fam­i­lies, to par­tic­i­pate fully in the work­force and to ful­fil their po­ten­tial.”

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 all other em­ploy­ees cov­ered by the Fair Work Act.

Most small busi­nesses em­ploy their staff un­der mod­ern awards, so their staff al­ready have ac­cess to the leave based on the Fair Work Com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion.

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