Retailers have welcomed the Albanese Government’s Paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave legislation, introduced to parliament today.
National Retail Association Chief Executive Dominique Lamb said as the country’s second largest employing sector, particularly of women and casual workers who are disproportionately affected by family and domestic violence, the move to legislate paid leave under violence circumstances protects the industry’s most vulnerable workers.
“We are ensuring our workers are provided with a safe working environment while addressing the financial barriers that may prevent victims from leaving dangerous situations.
“If employees need to use the paid leave, they can be assured their take home pay and job will remain steadfast.
“They will be able to do things like relocate, access social services, attend medical appointments and court proceedings without comprising their job and income security.”
Ms Lamb said while this legislation if a step in the right direction, it is vital the Federal Government ensures businesses are adequately educated on how to bets manage the risks associated with family and domestic violence.
“Businesses need to be able to recognise and respond to the signs of domestic violence and coercive control.
“I encourage the government to provide training and resources in this area, particularly during the six-month grace period awarded to small businesses.
“The National Retail Association intends to work closely with the government and our small business community to ensure they are fully informed of how the entitlement will operate, as well as their rights as employers and the rights of their employees.”