The Fair Work Ombudsman has just released a new guide to help employers understand their responsibilities towards workers who are experiencing domestic violence.
According to the agency, the guide is also designed to assist employers develop an appropriate and effective workplace response to managing family and domestic violence.
Millions of Australians experience family or domestic violence every year, often resulting in heightened financial stress, homelessness, isolation and vulnerability.
The Fair Work Ombudsman says knowledge, awareness and planning can help employers support their workers to meet their workplace obligations and protect their workplaces.
The guide includes:
- a checklist for managing family and domestic violence issues in the workplace
- an explanation of what family and domestic violence is and how it affects workplaces and what employers’ legal obligations are
- a suggested approach to supporting employees and ways to develop an appropriate response to family and domestic violence
- information on the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and how it can help
- support and referral services
Major companies now offering domestic violence leave
Many Australian companies now offer special family and domestic violence leave for their staff, including Westpac Bank, which was praised last year for introducing a number of innovative leave entitlements, including doubling its paid domestic violence support leave from 10 to 20 days.
Supermarket chain Aldi entitles affected workers to 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave.
In addition, employees are offered $250 for incidental expenses incurred as a result of family or domestic violence, and Aldi says it will also help workers change work locations if necessary.
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Smart businesses adapt to modern and diverse workforce
“Modern workplaces are diverse, and unfortunately they sometimes include people going through the horror of domestic and family violence,” Miles Heffernan from Employwise said.
“Smart businesses are adapting to the needs of their workers, and in the case of family and domestic violence, are showing compassion and understanding by offering paid leave and other support to those who need it.
“It’s these sorts of initiatives that attract and keep good people working in your business.”
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