New law to expand DV unpaid leave
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.