Following a review of leave policies, Aldi decided to extend support to employees experiencing domestic violence beyond the five days of unpaid leave set down by the Fair Work Commission in March this year.
In addition to the ten days paid leave, Aldi will offer a one-off payment of $250 for incidental expenses associated with family and domestic violence and will assist employees in accessing support services, including access to the company’s trained supporters. The retailer will also be flexible where possible if employees wish to change work location.
In a company blog post today Aldi said it “stands opposed” to domestic violence in all its forms and recognises its responsibility to drive change.
“We recognise that family and domestic violence affects thousands of Australian families, including some of our own employees,” said Viktor Jakupec, managing director at Aldi Australia. “Our new policy has been introduced to ensure that our valued workforce has easy access to support in situations where they are impacted by family and domestic violence. Our goal is to provide a supportive workplace that promotes respect and the prevention of all forms of violence.”
Karen Willis, executive officer, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia backed Aldi’s decision calling it a “strong statement” of support for its employees.
“Domestic violence is a crime which we all have a responsibility to challenge and change. Aldi is taking a very important leadership role by supporting employees experiencing family or domestic violence. Through their policy, Aldi are making a strong statement that they are here to help any employee experiencing this terrible crime. The options available as part of this policy are exemplary, assisting employees to access relevant support as they need it,” Willis said.
Aldi’s workforce of 12,000 employees will have access to the policy. The company boasts further favourable worker benefits including paid maternity leave, comprehensive training and an employee wellness program.
Data collected by Roy Morgan for the month of October shows that Aldi continues to be Australia’s most trusted brand, followed by Bunnings and Qantas.