2 June 2013
National Australia Bank (NAB) is today the first Australian major bank to introduce a Domestic Violence Support Policy.
Under the policy, NAB will support employees who experience domestic violence by providing access to counselling and additional leave, as required.
Those affected will also be offered flexibility in managing their work schedules and if needed, the location as well.
Lynda Dean, General Manager for Workplace Performance, said NAB is leading the way in recognising domestic violence as a workplace issue.
“Domestic violence affects the safety and well-being of a significant number of Australian workers – and it can often have a negative impact on their attendance and performance at work.
“It is important we take a sensitive and non-judgemental approach and make those affected feel confident and supported in the workplace,” said Ms Dean.
The ability to take additional leave and change work schedules is particularly important for NAB’s part-time and casual workforce, who would otherwise be further burdened with forgone income when they needed to take time off.
“NAB’s approach will help to ensure that those affected can stay financially independent which is crucial for surviving and escaping a violent relationship.
“If we can understand any challenges our people are facing at home and help them through difficult times, they’re ultimately going to deliver a better experience for our customers,” said Ms Dean.
The policy was developed in consultation with the Financial Services Union (FSU) and Safe at Home, Safe at Work.
Ludo McFerran, Project Manager Safe at Home, Safe at Work, and campaigner for action against family violence, has commended NAB for launching its policy.
“It’s great to see such a high profile organisation like NAB focusing on this important issue.
“It’s been a privilege to work with them in developing this policy and we can only hope that other organisations, including the other big banks, follow NAB’s example,” said Ms McFerran.
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