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Family and Domestic Violence Leave Employer Survey – Newsagents should participate

11/10/2021

Family and Domestic Violence Leave Employer Survey – Newsagents should participate

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is conducting a review of entitlements to family and domestic violence leave in modern awards. As a part of this review, the FWC is also considering a claim advanced by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), that all modern awards be varied to include a new clause that provides all employees (including part-time and casual employees) with:
(a) 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave per annum; and
(b) Once that entitlement is exhausted, 5 days of unpaid leave on each occasion that the employee is entitled to the leave.
All Newsagents in the ACT and NSW are invited to take part in this survey. NANA considers it very important that Newsagents participate in the survey as the voice of small and family businesses must be heard in this matter. Help provide your insights and feedback by completing this survey before 3 December 2021.

What will the survey ask?
The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and asks about four main topics:
Your organisation and your employees. For example, where your organisation is, how many employees you have and how many employees are covered by a modern award or an enterprise agreement.
The unpaid family and domestic violence leave entitlement in the Fair Work Act 2009. This includes questions about any unpaid leave requested by your employees, if you granted the leave and the types of evidence you required from your employees.
Any paid family and domestic violence leave provided by your organisation. This includes questions about who can access the paid leave and when they can access it.
Any other family and domestic violence leave or support available in your organisation. This includes questions about any formal or informal policies you have in place, the types of support provided to employees and whether you have received any requests from employees for support.
What Award covers Newsagencies?
You will be asked what Award applies to your business. The answer is General Retail Industry Award 2020.

What will your responses be used for?
The FWC will use your responses to understand how employers assist employees who are experiencing family and domestic violence. This understanding will be also used by the FWC as part of its review of family and domestic violence leave, to assist it in determining whether provisions should be made for paid family and domestic violence leave in modern awards.

If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy or how the data will be used, please contact surveyresearch@fwc.gov.au.