Increasing support for staff affected by family and domestic violence
4 September 2017
Rio Tinto Australia has introduced a package of initiatives designed to protect and support Australian employees affected by family and domestic violence. These initiatives are supported by ERA and will be available to staff.
Rio Tinto Managing Director Australia Joanne Farrell said “Safety is our number one priority at Rio Tinto and one of our core values and we recognise keeping each other safe extends beyond the workplace and into the home".
“As part of our commitment to zero harm, Rio Tinto is taking a stand against family and domestic violence by offering a broader package of additional support for employees across Australia.
Under the package of measures, ERA will make up to 10 days additional leave available to directly affected employees for legal assistance, court appearances, relocation and counselling.
Support also extends to providing appropriate safety plans to protect at-risk employees at work including security, new telephone numbers, screening or blocking calls and email protection.
Short-term financial assistance and emergency accommodation can also be provided as required to employees who need immediate help as well as a range of other specialised support services.
ERA will continue to train leaders and human resources teams to equip them with the skills to recognise and respond to issues of family and domestic violence in the workplace.