All industry and occupation awards have been updated to include a new clause entitling employees to take unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence.
The changes apply from 1 August 2018.
The new entitlement applies to all employees (including part-time and casual employees) covered by an industry or occupation award. These awards can be found on the Fair Work Commission’s List of awards. If you are unsure of which award applies to you, you can use the Fair Work Commission’s Find my award to assist you.
The entitlement does not apply to employees who are:
However, you may be entitled to other paid or unpaid entitlements in your award or agreement. Your contract or your employer’s workplace policy may also allow you to take family or domestic violence leave.
The new clause entitles you to 5 full days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. You can take the leave if you need to deal with the effects of family and domestic violence and its impractical to do so outside of work hours.
You are entitled to this leave from the day you start work as opposed to having it accrue progressively. The 5 days renew every 12 months but does not carry over into the next year if unused.
What is family and domestic violence?
Family and domestic violent means violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by an employee’s family member that: