immediate family member

An immediate family member is a spouse (current or former), de facto partner (current or former), child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling of an employee. It also includes these relations of an employee's spouse or de facto partner and encompasses step and adoptive relationships.

This term is important in employment contexts, especially when considering entitlements like family or compassionate leave. It recognises a broad range of close familial relationships, including traditional, step and adoptive families, ensuring that employees' rights consider these diverse family structures.

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