Family and Domestic Violence Leave – Reminder to Update Policies

26 November 2018

On 1 August 2018, the Fair Work Commission inserted a term entitling employees to unpaid family and domestic violence into all modern awards.

The leave is available to all employees covered by a modern award.

Employers should ensure that any relevant Leave Without Pay policies are updated to ensure compliance with this entitlement. A failure to afford family and domestic violence leave to an employee entitled to it under their Award may constitute a breach of that employee’s workplace rights.

For more detail on this leave entitlement, please see EMA Legal’s previous Legal Alert “Unpaid Family and Domestic Violence Leave”.

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