NAB to offer paid domestic violence leave: A step toward workplace equality for women

Workplace agreements need to take into account the needs of women  in  order for there to be true workplace Equality . Congratulations  to the National Australia Bank . This is a step  in the right direction but there is still a long way to go.

 

NAB to offer paid domestic violence leave

A sign of the National Australia Bank (NAB) in Canberra

National Australia Bank is set to offer paid domestic violence leave to its 43,000 staff.

NATIONAL Australia Bank will offer its 43,000 staff paid domestic violence leave in a move that campaigners hope will encourage other large private employers to follow suit.

Fairfax said the policy would make NAB the largest private-sector employer to offer the entitlement.

The scheme offered staff unlimited leave if it was needed.

“Some people just need a couple of days or a short period of time and others need more extended time out of the workforce or sporadic time out of the workforce to deal with the challenges,” said NAB general manager of workplace performance, Lynda Dean.

She said the policy would apply to all staff.

Fairfax said more than a million workers, mainly in the public sector, had access to some form of paid domestic violence leave.

Ludo McFerran, national manager of the Safe at Home, Safe at Work project, said the bank’s move was “fantastic” and was significant coming from such a big employer.

The economic freedom from remaining in paid work is regarded as vital in helping victims escape violent relationships.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/nab-to-offer-paid-domestic-violence-leave/story-e6frfku9-1226655234924#ixzz2Vh0uOGyg

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