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New Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave for Small Business

As we know 2023 has been full of changes to employee conditions, wages and entitlements.

Since 1st February 2023, employees of non-small business employers (that is employers with 15 or more employees on 1st February 2023) have been able to access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave.  This included casual and part-time employees

The next instalment in changes to employee leave entitlements comes into effect from 1st August 2023 and affects small businesses (that is employers with less than 15 employees on 1 February 2023).


The employees of small business employers will be able to access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period.  This includes casual and part-time employees.


Small business employees can continue to take unpaid family and domestic violence leave until the new paid entitlements come into effect on 1st August 2023.


Given the change from unpaid to paid family and domestic violence leave for small business, it is important that small business keep accurate records of your employees entitlements.


You can find out more about the changes you can go the Fair Work Ombudsman site via the following link:   New paid family and domestic violence leave.


If you need help or advice on what your small business needs to review and/or prepare your policies, procedures and record keeping methods to ensure they are compliant and ready to go on 1st August 2023, please don’t hesitate to contact Leisa and the WorkBetter team 02 6009 1000.


In the meantime if this has raised any issues for you or your employees confidential information, counselling and support for people impacted by domestic and family violence is available at the 1800 RESPECT website, the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.

Published: Friday, June 30th, 2023

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