Domestic violence leave: Policy slammed by Dr Kerryn Phelps

858710-ea72d6a4-33f8-11e5-87b0-1caa04e25d621 Domestic violence leave: Policy slammed by Dr Kerryn Phelps

Dr Kerryn Phelps has slammed Labors promise to introduce family violence leave.

The high profile Sydney GP has had significant professional experience dealing with domestic violence, as well as the workings of business. She says forcing responsibility for dealing with family violence onto employers is the wrong way to go about it.

FORMER AMA president Dr Kerryn Phelps has slammed Labor’s promise to introduce paid leave for family violence victims saying it would “destroy small business”.

The high profile Sydney GP has had significant professional experience dealing with domestic violence, as well as the workings of business. She says forcing responsibility for dealing with family violence onto employers is “the wrong way to go about it”.

“I think that addressing family violence is a massive priority for the victims and the children and that needs to be a high priority for government,” she told news.com.au.

“It should not be foisted on small business as an impost because it is not in the best interest of families to put further pressure on small business.”

Dr Phelps said it was unfair for a future government to have employers “shoulder another burden”, and warned such a policy could be abused.

“In my experience there are certain employees that will take advantage of every single entitlement, including leave days and everything else,” she said.

“You also don’t want to disadvantage people who are genuinely in need. It’s a difficult issue for people to speak up about because there is that mistaken perception that you don’t take domestic violence as a serious issue. It is a serious issue but so is the survival of small business.”

Read more…Via news.com.au

 

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