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Ai Group comment on the ACTU "special leave" proposal

"The ACTU's proposal for ongoing changes to workplace laws to provide an entitlement to 'special leave' should be quickly ruled out. What is needed at this time is for the community to pull together, not for unions to use the coronavirus outbreak to opportunistically pursue ongoing changes to workplace laws," Innes Willox, the Chief Executive of national employer association Ai Group, said today.

"Employees who need to be absent from work due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, already have a range of entitlements and protections to ensure that they are not treated unfairly. These include various forms of paid and unpaid leave, as well as unfair dismissal laws and the General Protections in the Fair Work Act," Mr Willox said.

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