Is Australia ready for paid domestic violence leave?

March 15, 2017

In 2016, Queensland became the first jurisdiction to legislate paid domestic and family violence for public sector workers.

The move came amidst increasing community and political pressure for more action to be taken to support victims of domestic violence.

At the December 9 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, several Labor state premiers pushed for the provision of mandated family violence leave in the National Employment Standards, which set out the minimum entitlements for Australian workers covered by the Fair Work Act

A COAG decision is likely to be made in the first quarter of 2017, so it’s apparent that employers will need to prepare for potential legislative changes.Law firm Ashurst has identified paid domestic and family violence leave as one of the key employment law issues for 2017.

This follows not just the COAG meeting but also the 2016 Fair Work Commission (FWC) hearing of the Australian Council of Trade Unions claim. This was part of the four year modern award process for an entitlement to 10 days’ paid, and two days’ unpaid, family and domestic violence leave to be included in the majority of modern awards.

Originally Published by Human Capital Magazine, continue reading here.

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