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Aug 09, 2022
If you or someone you know is experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has introduced a bill to Parliament that calls for 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave for all employees, including part-time and casual employees. If the bill passes, it is expected to be enacted on 1 February 2023, with businesses having until August to implement the changes. Employment Minister, Tony Burke, stated the delay until August would allow businesses to comprehend the changes and implement updates and payroll practices to manage the new requirements. Under the current NES, employees – including part-time and casual employees – are entitled to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year.
In May 2022, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued a provisional decision to include paid family and domestic violence leave in awards for permanent employees. The decision is not final, nor has it been enacted. The FWC full bench gave its provisional view that the increased paid leave should be introduced into 123 industry awards.
The commission found that increasing the proposed leave from 5 to 10 days would not adversely impact employers, however, “it will provide a critical mechanism for employees to maintain their employment and financial security while dealing with the effects of FDV” (FWC).
“In comparison to women with no experience of [family and domestic violence], women experiencing or who have experienced FDV have a more disrupted work history; are on lower personal incomes; have had to change jobs frequently and are more likely to be employed on a casual and part-time basis,” the commission said (The Age 2022).
While many people assume domestic violence is physical or sexual abuse, the truth is domestic violence can include many other types of abuse. Verbal, psychological, emotional, financial and cyber –are just a few different types of domestic violence.
What occurs behind closed doors can have repercussions in the workplace, particularly with absenteeism, disengagement, and productivity.
1800RESPECT is the national domestic, family and sexual violence counselling, information and support service.
If you or someone you know is experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
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