The Fair Work Commission approved a new unpaid leave entitlement for employees dealing with family and domestic violence. This came into effect on 1 August 2018.
The New Entitlement
Employees covered by an award that includes this clause are entitled to 5 days unpaid leave each year.
Note: This leave is unpaid.
For domestic and family violence situations – those involving violent, threatening, or abusive behaviour by members of the employees’ family.
The criteria include (but are not limited to) the following:
- making arrangements for safety for themselves or family member
- attendance at court hearings
- accessing police service
This can directly involve the employee themselves in the situation, or they may be helping another family member deal with the situation.
All employees – including casuals that are covered by industry or occupation award – will be covered. It does not apply to employees who are covered by:
- enterprise awards
- state reference public sector awards
- enterprise and other registered agreements
- or are award and agreement free
This is great news for employees affected by Family Violence. We hope you never have to use it but it is available if needed.