Changes came into effect at the start of February, and more are on the way. Here’s what you need to know.
Employees affected by domestic violence will now be able to access 10 days of paid family leave every 12 months, after the federal government passed new legislation. This doubles the previous amount of five days and extends the entitlement to cover casual and part-time employees as well as full-time workers, but there’s a staggered rollout.
The leave entitlements are extended to all employees of non-small businesses (15 or more employees) from February 1. Small businesses (less than 15 employees) will join the scheme from 1 August 2023 to give operators time to prepare. Small businesses will also have access to a four-year $3.4 million financial support program to help them adjust.
If you use the leave entitlement, you’ll get your full rate of pay plus any incentive-based payments and bonuses, loadings, monetary allowances, overtime or penalty rates. The legislation also prevents the leave from being mentioned on your pay slip.
For business owners, the Fair Work Ombudsman has published resources including examples, learning courses and information on family violence in order to help you transition. You can find these here.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
If you are in immediate danger call triple zero (000).