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WHAT IS REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND WELLBEING LEAVE?
PROPOSED CLAUSE

Definition

For the purpose of this clause, reproductive health is defined as any condition relating to menstruation, perimenopause, menopause, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and other forms of assisted reproductive health services, vasectomy, hysterectomy and Terminations. 

An Employee, including a casual Employee, experiencing reproductive health issues is entitled to up to 5 days per year of paid reproductive health leave for the purpose of treatment and management of ill health/symptoms, in addition to any personal leave.

Notice and Evidentiary Requirements 

The Employee shall give his or her employer notice as soon as reasonably practicable of their request to take leave under this clause.

If required by the Employer, the Employee must provide evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person that the leave is for the purpose as set out in clause X.1. Such evidence may include a document issued by a doctor or other treating health professional (including a medical certificate) or a statutory declaration.

Flexible Working Arrangements

This clause supplements the entitlement to request flexible work arrangements pursuant to clause X of this Agreement

In order to provide support to an Employee to manage and/or alleviate symptoms relating to reproductive health and to provide a safe work environment, the Employer will approve any reasonable request from an Employee experiencing reproductive health issues, including but not limited to:

  1. The right to work from home

  2. flexible working hours

  3. Reasonable changes to work environment to provide comfortable working environment to alleviate symptoms or facilitate treatment

  4. the right to access reasonable unpaid leave

NB: This is a draft clause only. The final clause may be quite different.