Small Businesses now required to provide Family & Domestic Violence Leave

Small businesses now have to give employees 10 days of paid leave if they are experiencing family and domestic violence.

This is a huge step forward for victims of FDV, who often have to choose between their safety and their job. The new leave will allow them to take time off to deal with the impacts of violence, without having to worry about how they will pay their bills.

The leave is available to all employees, including casuals, and it resets on an annual basis. This means that employees can take the leave as needed, and they will not have to worry about running out of days.

To take the leave, employees will need to provide their employer with evidence that they are experiencing FDV. This could be anything from a medical certificate to a police report. The employer must keep this evidence confidential.

The leave will be paid at the employee's full pay rate, and it will include any loadings, penalties, or allowances.

This new leave is a great step forward for victims of FDV, and it will help them to get the support they need to stay safe and healthy.

Here are some additional points that you may want to include:

  • The leave is available to employees who are experiencing FDV, regardless of whether they are the victim or the perpetrator of the violence.
  • The leave can be used for a variety of purposes, such as attending court hearings, relocating to a safe place, or seeking medical or legal assistance.
  • Employers must keep a record of FDV leave taken and balances, but they must not mention FDV leave on pay slips.
  • This new leave is a great example of how the government is working to support victims of FDV and to create a more inclusive workplace.