Unpaid DV leave likely to become a feature of Australian workplaces

05-Jul-2017
A preliminary decision handed down by the Fair Work Commission rejects the ACTU bid for 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave.  Whilst this is an extremely disappointing decision for victims of domestic and family violence across Australia the door remains open for the inclusion of unpaid domestic and family violence leave.  It is also likely that additional provisions will be inserted into Awards which allow employees to access their personal/carer's leave for issues associated with domestic and family violence.  The decision doesn't go far enough to support victim employees of domestic violence but it does state that unpaid leave serves to confirm the significance of family and domestic violence as a workplace right.  See this article for more details.