10 days domestic violence leave plan dropped

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10 days domestic violence leave plan dropped

ACCI has welcomed the rejection of a proposed 10 days leave for the victims of domestic violence in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on the issue.

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The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has welcomed the rejection of a proposed 10 days of leave for the victims of domestic violence in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC’s) report on the issue.

ACCI said the ALRC report takes a ‘more cautious’ approach to the problem of family violence, and said it is pleased that the commission has considered the views of the business community.

‘We are particularly pleased that the final report has moderated an earlier proposal that would have seen employers fund a new entitlement for ten days leave for employees who experience domestic violence,’ ACCI said.

‘The final report suggests a more cautious and phased-in approach, with a greater emphasis on education and awareness.’

‘This approach will assist employees in the community rather than create a new tier of employment rights and legal obligations on employers.’

Delicate issue

‘Domestic violence is a delicate issue that requires delicate handling by government.’

‘We need to tackle this issue as a community, not simply by putting new laws in the statute books.’

In its report, the Commission recommends Fair Work Act issues be dealt with by a combination of methods:
  • family violence clauses in enterprise agreement
  • individual flexibility arrangements
  • clauses in modern awards
  • family violence protections under the general protection provisions in the Act.


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