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Paid domestic violence leave moves ahead

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The Albanian government has formally told the industrial arbitrator it will introduce 10 days of paid leave for family and domestic violence into the National Labor Standards as soon as possible.

Minister of Labor and Labor Relations Tony Burke confirmed at the Fair Labor Commission on Thursday the government would amend the standards.

The arbitrator sought clarification on the path when he issued a statement outlining his interim model in mid-May.

Stakeholders will now have until July 1 to work with the Commonwealth to write a model leave in accordance with the interim opinion that employees are entitled to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave for one year.

The leave should be accrued progressively similar to annual leave and should be accrued from year to year, but should be subject to a 10-day accrual limit, the commission said.

The fee should be paid at the employee’s base rate and should not be available for casual, the referee said.

It was also planned that the right to leave should be accessible in advance of accrued leave by agreement between an employee and the employer.

The parties will be able to submit the draft model, and the Commonwealth government has provided an opportunity to clarify whether it is proposing to amend the draft model by July 1st.

The commission is also working to clarify the government’s timeline for introducing the legislation.

In a letter to commission chairman Iain Ross, Mr Burke said the government would introduce the leave to work standards “as soon as possible … consistent with the commitments made in the Secure Australian Jobs Plan”.

“The government is committed to providing the national leadership and investment needed to help end domestic, domestic and sexual violence,” Mr Burke wrote in the June 16 letter.

“I want to thank the Fair Work Commission and the stakeholders who have engaged in the review for work designed to advance this important issue.”

Parliament is due to return in the last week of July.

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