On 5 February 2018 the Fair Work Amendment (Improving National Employment Standards) Bill 2018 (CTH) (‘the Bill’) was introduced into the House of Representatives by Greens MP Adam Bandt. The Private Member's Bill aims to provide up to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave for employees.
The Private Member's Bill proposes to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (CTH) in order to enable an employee who is the survivor of domestic violence to take up to ten days of paid family and domestic violence leave per year, or two days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave. The Bill adds the definition of family and domestic violence leave to the National Employment Standards (NES).
According to the explanatory statement for this Private Members' Bill, an employee will be entitled to request flexible working arrangements if:
In addition, the employee’s entitlement to paid family and domestic violence leave under this Private Member's Bill will accrue in full at the start of the year, or if the employee’s employment with the employer starts at a later time during the year, at that time.
Mr Bandt stated in his second reading speech:
In December 2017, Opposition Leader Bill Shortena future Labor Government to introducing ten days of domestic violence leave for employees.
Labor MP Emma Husar:
However Liberal MP Sarah HendersonAustralians could already request flexible working arrangements if necessary and access up to 10 days of paid personal leave in the context of family violence, highlighting that these were "some of the most generous provisions of any country in the world.”
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Fair Work Amendment (Improving National Employment Standards) Bill 2018 (CTH), second reading speech and explanatory memorandum, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
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