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New leave entitlements in place

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Following a recent decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) all employees covered by an award are now entitled to take unpaid family and domestic violence leave.

The entitlement comes into effect during the first full pay cycle after 1 August.

The FWC has updated all industry and occupation awards to include a new clause about family and domestic violence leave.

All employees (including casual employees) covered by an award with the new clause are entitled to 5 days unpaid leave.

The FWC described family & domestic violence as including violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by an employee’s family member that seeks to coerce or control the employee or causes them harm or fear.

Employees covered by enterprise awards and state reference public sector awards aren't entitled to the new unpaid family and domestic violence leave entitlements.

If you have questions or concerns about this new leave entitlement please contact a member of our Workplace team.

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