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Article: Guilt-Free & Extra Days Off: Empress Athleticus and Zasha Boutique Redefine Leave Policies

Guilt-Free & Extra Days Off: Empress Athleticus and Zasha Boutique Redefine Leave Policies
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Guilt-Free & Extra Days Off: Empress Athleticus and Zasha Boutique Redefine Leave Policies

Empress Athleticus and Zasha Boutique, renowned Australian fashion and activewear brands, are proud to announce an enhancement to their employee benefits. Beginning September 2023, both companies are boosting their sick leave entitlement from 10 days to 12 days per year. This decision underscores their commitment to the well-being of their dedicated team, which consists predominantly of females and working mothers.


Understanding the unique challenges their employees face, especially working mothers, the brands' move to extend personal leave ensures staff members have the flexibility they require. This increased leave is designed to be used without guilt whenever life's unpredictability's come calling.


Additionally, the brands are leading the way in inclusive employment practices by providing extra days of personal leave entitlements to all their staff. By increasing the wages of casual staff to account for the accrual of leave entitlements, they are ensuring that every team member, irrespective of their employment type, benefits from this progressive policy.


In a move to further ease the process, the requirement for medical certificates when taking sick leave adjacent to weekends or public holidays has been removed. This initiative reduces unnecessary stress and paperwork, further emphasizing the brands' commitment to employee well-being. Brittany Lewin reflects on this, stating, “We view our employees as responsible adults who know when they need a break. Overseeing every aspect of their leave undermines their autonomy, which goes against the ethos of our work culture.”


Brittany Lewin, the owner of both brands, passionately voiced her perspective on the matter: "Every business owner has a duty to ensure the well-being of their staff. In my view, a 12-day leave should be the minimum standard. At Empress Athleticus and Zasha Boutique, our team's health and happiness are paramount."


In addition to the policy update, Empress Athleticus and Zasha Boutique have created an open-door environment that encourages their employees to engage in discussions about their mental and physical health. They understand that supporting overall well-being goes beyond offering benefits, and they are dedicated to cultivating a workplace culture that values the holistic health of their team.


With this revamped leave policy, Empress Athleticus and Zasha Boutique continue to set a precedent. By offering additional days guilt-free and removing administrative barriers, they are reinforcing their commitment to fostering a work environment that genuinely prioritises staff welfare.

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