Family friendly changes to the Fair Work Act

 

Legislation was passed in June this year that introduces family friendly changes to the Fair Work Act. These changes, effective from 1 July 2013, are significant for employers and are summarised below:

  • Pregnant women can transfer to a safe job even if they haven’t worked for their employer for 12 months
  • Employees can take special maternity leave without it reducing the amount of unpaid parental leave they can take
  • Employee couples can take up to 8 weeks unpaid parental leave at the same time (increasing from 3 weeks) and can take it in separate periods eg. 2 periods of 2 weeks off
  • More groups of employees now have the right to request flexible working arrangements, including:
    • employees with caring responsibilities
    • parents or guardians of children that are school age or younger
    • employees with disability
    • employees who are 55 years or older
    • employees who are experiencing family violence or who are caring or supporting a family or household member who is experiencing family violence

 

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