Small business employers (employers with less than 15 employees) from 1 August 2023 are required to provide paid Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) leave, as outlined in the National Employment Standards. Employers with more than 15 employees have been obligated to provide this benefit since February 1, 2023.
Family and domestic violence can profoundly impact individuals and their families. Unsurprisingly, some employees may experience violence or abuse, which constitutes family and domestic violence that may affect their attendance or performance at work, and they may need to take time away from the workplace.
From 1 August 2023, all employers, irrespective of the size of their business, will be required to provide all employees (full-time, part-time and casual employees) with access to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave per annum. The full entitlement is available from their first day of work, and the balance resets on the employee’s work anniversary. Leave which is not used does not accrue; the entitlement is to a maximum of 10 days per year.
Family and domestic violence means violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by certain individuals known to the employee that both:
- Seeks to coerce or control the employee
- Causes them harm or fear.
The individual could be:
- An employee close relative
- A member of the employee’s household, or
- A current or former intimate partner of an employee.
As your trusted advisors, Mazars HR Consulting division is here to guide you through these changes and help you navigate the updated requirements seamlessly including; assisting with extended leave entitlements, compliance requirements and communication and training to employees. For more information, please speak to your usual Mazars advisor or alternatively one of our experts via the form below or on:
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