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Bank Offers Domestic Violence Support for Workers


Monday, 3rd June 2013 at 12:08 pm
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National Australia Bank (NAB) will provide counselling and additional leave for its workers who experience domestic violence, under a new domestic violence support policy.

Monday, 3rd June 2013
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Bank Offers Domestic Violence Support for Workers
Monday, 3rd June 2013 at 12:08 pm

National Australia Bank (NAB) will provide counselling and additional leave for its workers who experience domestic violence, under a new domestic violence support policy.

Under the policy, NAB employees will be offered a flexible work schedule and location opportunities if required.

General Manager for Workplace Performance Lynda Dean said NAB had recognised 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,” she said.

“It is important we take a sensitive and non-judgemental approach and make those affected feel confident and supported in the workplace.”

Dean said the ability to take additional leave and change work schedules was particularly important for part-time and casual workers, who would otherwise have to take time off without pay.

NAB’s policy states it will provide leave to employees who are victims of domestic violence and need time off work for medical and legal assistance, court appearances, counselling, relocation, or to make other safety arrangements.

“NAB’s approach will help to ensure that those affected can stay financially independent
which is crucial for surviving and escaping a violent relationship,” Dean said.

Dean said understanding the challenges faced by their employees at home and providing adequate support would ultimately result in a better workforce.

The policy was developed in consultation with the Financial Services Union (FSU) and Safe at Home, Safe at Work project manager and campaigner for action against family violence, Ludo McFerran.

McFerran commended NAB for launching the policy.

“It’s great to see such a high profile organisation like NAB focusing on this important issue,” McFerran said.

“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.”  




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