What Is, And How Do We Manage Domestic Violence leave?
What is Domestic Violence Leave?
The act gives employees affected by domestic violence (could even be a child that they support) the right to take up to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave per year
The affected employee can also ask, in writing, for short-term flexible working arrangements, for up to two months
It doesn’t matter when the domestic violence took place
Only entitled to it once they have worked for more than 6 months and at least an average of 10 hours a week and must have worked 1 hour each week or 40 hours each month
Quick Glance Process:
The employer can ask the employee for proof (from police, doctor, support organisation or support person) – must be within 3 days of request
The employee has 10 working days from request to provide the proof
Employer must respond within 10 working days of receiving the proof, or initial request if don’t require proof
YOU CAN REFUSE FLEXIBLE WORKING ARRANGEMENT, IF:
Didn’t get proof within 10 working days, without reasonable excuse (same with leave)
Inability to reorganise work among existing staff
Inability to recruit additional staff
Detrimental impact on quality of work
Detrimental impact on performance
Planned structural changes
Detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demand
If you ever have a staff member request Domestic Violence leave or a flexible working arrangement, and want some advice, please feel free to give Lisa a call on her DDI on 928 4277.