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Model workplace policy on family violence available to employers

Model workplace policy on family violence available to employers
2018-07-06
Article Type:
News
Publication Date:
2018-07-06
Jurisdiction:
New Zealand

The Human Rights Commission has congratulated a group of pioneering employers who have published a model workplace policy on family violence and encourages other firms to take it up.

“Employers know that family violence is a human rights issue that affects productivity and safety in the workplace,” says Equal Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. “But it isn’t always easy for employers to know what is needed or how to provide appropriate support to victims.”

Seven of New Zealand’s largest employers (The Warehouse Group, ANZ NZ, Countdown, Vodafone NZ, Fonterra, Ricoh New Zealand, and EY) have worked with the Human Rights Commission to draft a family violence policy that is now available to all employers.

“The model policy is a template that offers employers three levels of choices for a family violence policy. By choosing among the best-practice options, every employer can create a family violence policy that works for their staff and workplace,” Dr Blue says.

“Family violence doesn’t respect boundaries between home and the workplace. Ensuring that the affected employee is safe and supported at work is good for productivity and morale. It will also help break the cycle of abuse by providing safe haven where employees can gain confidence and take steps to break the abusive cycle.

The model policy is available at a new website launched jointly by the group of seven employers and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

 

 

People Mentioned:
Dr Jackie Blue
Organisations Mentioned:
ANZ; Fonterra; Countdown; The Warehouse Group; Ricoh New Zealand; New Zealand Human Rights Commission; EY; Equal Opportunities Commission; Vodafone NZ
Reference No:
180706CA-7848

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