1. Purpose and Scope:
This policy aims to provide support and assistance to employees of Tiny Home Central who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence. We recognize that domestic and family violence is a serious issue that can affect an individual’s wellbeing, safety, and work performance. This policy applies to all employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and contract staff.
Domestic and family violence refers to behaviors that constitute an attempt to control, intimidate or harm a person who is a family member, partner, or ex-partner. It includes not only physical injury but also psychological, financial, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Tiny Home Central is committed to maintaining the highest level of confidentiality in dealing with any disclosures or suspicions of domestic and family violence. Information shared by employees will be treated with sensitivity and will only be disclosed with the employee’s consent or if legally mandated.
4. Support for Affected Employees:
- Leave: Employees affected by domestic and family violence may be entitled to take paid or unpaid leave to attend medical appointments, legal proceedings, or to make arrangements for their safety or the safety of a family member.
- Flexible Working Arrangements: The company will consider requests for flexible working arrangements, including changes to work location, hours of work, and duties, to accommodate the needs of employees affected by domestic and family violence.
- Counseling and Support Services: Employees will have access to counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and will be provided with information on external support services.
5. Reporting and Response:
Employees who are experiencing domestic and family violence are encouraged to report their situation to their manager or Human Resources (HR) if they feel comfortable doing so. The company will respond to such reports with understanding, and an appropriate support plan will be developed in consultation with the affected employee.
All managers and HR personnel will receive training on how to respond to disclosures of domestic and family violence sensitively and effectively, and on the support available to affected employees.
7. Policy Review:
This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains relevant and effective, with input from employees, management, and external experts in domestic and family violence.
Employees who disclose that they are victims of domestic and family violence will not be disadvantaged in their employment, discriminated against, or face any form of retaliation.