ANZ is the latest bank to join the many major corporations offering gender affirmation leave for transgender and gender-diverse employees. ANZ has introduced the new paid leave option for employees as a way to tangibly demonstrate their commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community.
WHAT DOES ANZ’S LEAVE LOOK LIKE?
As one of Australia’s big four banks, ANZ has the resources and ability to offer more for their employees. The gender affirmation leave will make it possible for trans or gender-diverse individuals to take up to six weeks of paid leave and 12 months unpaid leave.
ANZ’s Diversity And Inclusion Leader, Fiona MacDonald, says, “This is another example of ANZ’s ongoing commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community and creating an inclusive culture where our people feel a sense of belonging and comfort.”
There are many ways that an individual can begin the process of gender affirmation. In their official statement, ANZ lists three different processes including social affirmation, legal affirmation and medical affirmation. By creating a company policy that recognises gender affirming care as a necessity, ANZ is encouraging an environment of acceptance for trans and gender-diverse individuals.
Other workplaces have also begun offering similar paid leave options for employees. For example, Coles introduced paid gender affirmation leave for up to 10 days in May, 2022 and Allianz introduced it in March, 2021.
It bodes well for trans and gender-diverse individuals that companies are beginning to recognise gender affirmation as an essential part of inclusion in the workplace. Workers seeking any sort of gender affirming health care have often needed to use their annual or sick leave entitlements, but with gender affirmation leave they can access support without worrying about their workplace.