News has recently broken about the Fair Work Commission’s decision to require paid family and domestic violence paid leave for employees employed under Modern Awards. Millions of Australians will now be entitled to 10 days of paid domestic violence.
But what does this mean for you and your business?
In a nutshell, all employees under modern awards will be entitled to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave each year, increasing from the previous unpaid 5 days of leave. This applies to full-time and part-time employees.
This decision isn’t finalised yet and the Commission has asked for input from interested parties before issuing a final decision for the National Employment Standards that will cover all employees. This will provide significant assistance to those experiencing domestic violence, helping them to maintain their economic security, and safely exit to a life free from violence ??
What to do next
Businesses will need to monitor the relevant Modern Awards that apply to their operations and watch for amendments introducing paid Family and Domestic Violence leave entitlements. Changes to Modern Awards can be expected to start flowing through from mid-June.
Businesses should review their existing terms and conditions of employment, including contracts and enterprise agreements – as some businesses may already offer leave entitlements equal to or better than what the FWC sets out in this decision.
If you’re still unsure of how this affects your business, or if you’re just looking for peace of mind, reach out to us anytime #wevegotyourback