42. Domestic Violence Leave

  1. Professional staff collective agreement
    1. The University recognises that employees may sometimes experience situations of violence or abuse in their personal life that may affect their attendance or performance at work.
    2. The Director of Human Resource Services will approve paid leave on a case by case basis where supporting evidence is provided.
    3. The University will offer employees experiencing domestic violence a broad range of support. This includes where appropriate:
      • flexible working arrangements, including changes to working times consistent with the needs of the work unit and/or
      • use of the Employee Assistance Program (access to a registered psychologist) and/or
      • changing work location (where practicable), telephone number or email address.
    4. Supporting evidence of treatment for domestic violence may be required by the University and could take the form of a document issued by the police service, a court, a medical practitioner, a domestic violence support service or lawyer, or a counseling professional.
    5. The Joint Consultative Committee will develop guidelines to supplement this clause and which details the appropriate action to be taken in the event that an employee reports domestic violence.
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