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

Industrial Relations
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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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.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 03 Sep 2020
Second reading moved 03 Sep 2020
Second reading debate 09 Nov 2020
Second reading agreed to 09 Nov 2020
Third reading agreed to 09 Nov 2020
Introduced and read a first time 09 Nov 2020
Second reading moved 09 Nov 2020
Second reading debate 12 Nov 2020
Second reading agreed to 12 Nov 2020
Third reading agreed to 12 Nov 2020
Finally passed both Houses 12 Nov 2020
  • Act no: 105
  • Year: 2020
26 Nov 2020

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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