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Fair Work Amendment (Improving Unpaid Parental Leave for Parents of Stillborn Babies and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Originating house
House of Representatives
Industrial Relations


Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: respond to the report of the Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education by amending and clarifying the minimum leave entitlements for parents of stillborn babies and babies who die during the first 24 months of life, and providing that where a baby remains in hospital or is hospitalised immediately following birth, the employer and employee can agree to the employee returning to work while their baby is in hospital and recommencing their unpaid parental leave when the baby is discharged; and provide the ability for employees who are eligible to take unpaid parental leave (UPL) to take up to 30 days of their 12-month entitlement to UPL flexibly, including on a single-day basis, within 24 months of the birth or adoption of a child.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 03/09/20  
Second reading moved 03/09/20  
Second reading debate 09/11/20  
Second reading agreed to 09/11/20  
Third reading agreed to 09/11/20  
Introduced and read a first time 09/11/20  
Second reading moved 09/11/20  
Second reading debate 12/11/20  
Second reading agreed to 12/11/20  
Third reading agreed to 12/11/20  
Finally passed both Houses 12/11/20  
Assent 26/11/20 Act no: 105 - Year: 2020

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  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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