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1990 Paternity Leave Test Case

The Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union of Australia v Angus Nugent and Son Pty Ltd & Others (Paternity Leave Case) – Cohen J, Moore DP, Polites DP, Griffin C and Turbet C, Decision issued 26 July 1990, Print J3596, 26 July 1990

The Australian Industrial Relations Commission grants fathers the right to take unpaid leave to become the primary care-giver for their newborn or newly adopted child. It also grants employees the right to negotiate part-time work arrangements with their employers. Before 1990, paternity leave existed only in the public service and in those industries covered by a few isolated awards.