Victorian NFP Introduces Raft of Family-Friendly Working Arrangements
Monday, 25th May 2015 at 11:43 am
Victorian Not for Profit, Centre for Multicultural Youth, has introduced new employment arrangements centred on multiculturalism, women and family violence.
The Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, which was voted-in unanimously by staff, includes up to 20 days per year of paid Family Violence Leave – making the organisation one of the first Not for Profits in Victoria to offer this support to employees.
The NFP said the agreement also offers a raft of other conditions including ten weeks Paid Parental Leave (or three weeks Paid Partner Leave), flexible working hours, the option of Purchased Leave (48/52) and ongoing support for women who wish to continue to breastfeed when they return to work.
As well as these measures, the organisation has also considered its multicultural workforce – over 70 staff are from 21 different countries – and has included provisions to recognise this.
The NFP said Cultural and Ceremonial Leave will allow staff to accrue flexitime to attend cultural or religious events and Exceptional Circumstances Leave is available to staff who have had an immediate family member pass away overseas, enabling them to access a longer period of Compassionate Leave.
Centre for Multicultural Youth CEO Carmel Guerra said the benefits in the EBA were a reflection of the value that CMY places on its employees.
“By providing a workplace that fits with staff needs as well as our own, we are helping to create a more engaged workforce and productive working environment.”
She said that the 48 per cent of the organisation’s workforce was under 35 years of age meaning the organisation had a younger cohort to consider.
“We hope that while this new EBA proves beneficial for existing staff it will also attract fresh and talented new people to our organisation, helping continue our important work with young people across Victoria.”
In January this year Telstra announced it would offer all 34,000 of its staff members paid domestic violence leave which would give employees up to 10 days of paid leave if they are victims of domestic violence.