Some employers have agreed to providing employee assistance programs and specific rights and entitlements for employees experiencing family violence. To find out whether a particular workplace has done so, check the employer's policies and the employee's award or enterprise agreement. The specific rights and entitlements acknowledge that family violence can have an impact on a worker's performance, productivity and safety at work.
From the first full pay period after 1 August 2018, all modern awards will include an entitlement to 5 days unpaid leave per annum for all employees (including casuals) who are experiencing family and domestic violence. For more information about this entitlement, see the Fair Work Ombudsman.
More information and advice can be obtained from the Working Women's Centre, and their DV Work Aware website.
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