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Policies, Procedures & SafeguardsOctober 30, 2014
Domestic violence affects 1 out of 3 Australians and currently costs the nation 8 billion dollars a year. The Australian Council of Trade Unions has lodged to the Fair Work Commission a request for 10 days of domestic violence leave to be implemented into workplaces. The ACTU believes it is a universal right to protect women against violence and give them the best opportunity to protect themselves and their children against domestic violence.
The leave days will provide victims of domestic violence the time to attend court appearances, seek legal advice and if needed make relocation arrangements. Providing the leave will ensure that women remain employed and have job security during times of hardship, it will also give them the financial backing to walk away from their current situation. Ultimately a job gives victims the resources to break the violent cycle. Domestic violence leave can be the perfect way to bring this issue out from behind closed doors and encourage change and conversation in a safe and secure place, the workplace.
However, is it OK to make employers pay for social problems occurring outside of work?
Employers will have to implement more leave entitlements into contracts and employee handbooks, arrange different starting and finishing times for staff in violent situations to deter stalking and ultimately pay for the 10 extra days of leave.
Will employers be happy to be a solution to a very complex problem?
Small businesses will be the most affected if the Fair Work Commission approves this request. If you would like any advice your business’s personal leave policy contact Employsure on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below. We can tailor your documents and introduce new policies for your business, we also provide 24/7 advice should any of your staff have a problem which affects their ability to come to work.
*Information sourced via The Australian newspaper.