New Unpaid Entitlements

Under the new clause employees will be entitled to five days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave annually. The new unpaid entitlements apply to all employees covered by an industry or occupation award and businesses are required to apply the new clause to each worker’s first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018.

Employees are eligible to take the leave to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence, providing it is impractical to do so outside their ordinary hours of work. The leave is in place for situations where an employee’s family member uses violent, threatening or another abusive behaviour to seek to coerce or control the employee or causes the employee fear or harm.

The new unpaid entitlements do not apply to employees covered by enterprise awards, state reference public sector awards, enterprise and other registered agreements, or those employees who are award and agreement free.

Interested to learn more?

If you’re interested to learn more about the new unpaid entitlements or for specific advice tailored to your business situation; Get in touch with the business accountants from Taggart & Partners on (07) 3391 1188 or email us at for the most recent updates on the new unpaid entitlements today.

*** This publication is for guidance only, and professional advice should be obtained before acting on any information contained herein. Neither the publishers nor the distributors can accept any responsibility for loss occasioned to any person as a result of action taken or refrained from in consequence of the contents of this publication. Publication date October 2018

Updated 19/05/2021

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