Berkshire Bank to give employees leave to address issues of violence, abuse

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Berkshire Bank has announced new employee compensation for specific incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

The new policy will give Berkshire’s 1,500 employees an additional 15 days of paid leave a year to seek medical care, attend court proceedings and relocate their home in response to acts of domestic violence and sexual assault, company officials said. This new time off will not interfere with the employees’ sick and vacation days.

Berkshire also announced a new partnership with the non-profit FreeFrom to help implement their new policies. Berkshire officials said FreeFrom will allow employees to access their Compensation Compass, a tool designed to assist domestic abuse survivors in understanding whether they are eligible for compensation to cover some of the costs of the harm they experienced.

Berkshire and FreeFrom are also collaborating on a Survivor Safety Banking Initiative to explore how to design products and policies to better support customers that have or are experiencing violence and abuse,
according to the company announcement.

Berkshire Bank is a community bank with branches throughout New York, New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, the announcement added.

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