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. From 12 December 2018 this was expanded to apply to all National System Employees as a right under the National Employment Standards of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). This means all employees apart from State Government and Local Government Employees in South Australia, see the Fair Work Ombudsman for more details. This leave is available to full-time, part-time, and casual workers.
SA State Government employees should check their relevant enterprise agreement, as these cover leave for domestic and family violence. The South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017, for example, includes 15 days special leave with pay [clause 14].
More information and advice can be obtained from the Working Women's Centre, and their DV Work Aware website.
In an emergency: 000
For police attendance: 131 444
Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1800 800 098
1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732.
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