On March 26th, 2018, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench confirmed that all employees should have access to unpaid family and domestic violence leave. It will apply to all employees (including casuals).
It will be available in full at the commencement of each twelve-month period rather than accruing progressively during a year of service.
It will not accumulate from year to year; and
Will be available in full to part-time and casual employees – Not pro-rated.
Employees are not required to access any available paid personal /careers leave entitlement before utilising any entitlement to unpaid family and domestic leave.
119 Modern Awards are subject to this variation with the other three subjects to separate consideration.
The evidence required for taking of personal/ carers leave will apply to the new clause.
Management should immediately absorb this change into their HR Policies and Procedures. As the Full Bench stated “It is a Community issue and requires a Community response.”
Further the opportunity to consult with employees arises and every advantage should be taken of the opportunity to educate employees as to the dreadful cost to the community of family and domestic violence.
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