From 1 February 2023, employees of non-small business employers can access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave. This includes part-time and casual employees. Employees of small businesses (employers with less than 15 employees) still only have access to 5 days of unpaid leave per year, but from 1 August 2023 will be entitled to 10 days of paid leave per year.
Employees can take this leave if required to attend to something when dealing with the impact of family and domestic violence.
For those eligible, the leave has been added to the National Employment Standards (NES). This means it’s now a minimum leave entitlement, like annual leave or personal/carer’s leave.
As part of this change, the Fair Work Information Statement has now been updated to include these changes.
As a reminder, employers must give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (the FWIS) before or as soon as possible after starting their new job.
To download the latest Fair Work Information Statement:
NB: Employers also have to give every new casual employee a copy of the Casual Employment Information Statement (the CEIS) at the same time. Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS) – February 2023