From 1 February 2023, employers with 15 or more employees will be required to provide their employees with 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave (FDVL) per year as part of the latest addition to the National Employment Standards (NES).
The new form of paid leave:
– is accessible by all employees including casuals who have been ‘rostered’ (eg have accepted an offer to work)
– is not a ‘pro-rata’ entitlement, that is, it is available in full for all employees (including casuals)
– is available ‘upfront’ meaning the leave does not accrue and is available in full (10 days of pay) from commencement, renewing on the employee’s anniversary date
– is payable at the rate that the employee would have earned had they worked instead of taking the leave (instead of being payable at base rates).
For further details refer to the email circulated to Members on 1 November 2022 entitled Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2022.