In Australia and local casino operator, The Star Entertainment Group Limited, has reportedly introduced a new policy that is offering up to four weeks of paid leave to any employee that also volunteers for a multitude of local emergency service organizations.
According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, the initiative from the Sydney-listed firm comes as a series of devastating bush fires are ravaging Australia and is to apply to any member of staff that additionally volunteers for groups that may be called into action during such events such as the New South Wales Rural Fire Service or Victoria’s Country Fire Authority.
The Star Entertainment Group Limited was previously known as Echo Entertainment Group Limited until undergoing a 2015 name-change and is responsible for The Star Sydney as well as southern Queensland’s The Star Gold Coast gambling venues. The Brisbane-headquartered firm reportedly furthermore revealed that its new policy is to cover all future natural disasters and may be utilized by individual employees more than once a year.
Inside Asian Gaming reported that the fires currently burning across Australia broke out in November and have already killed over 25 people alongside billions of animals while destroying in excess of 5,900 buildings including over 2,204 homes. The Star Entertainment Group Limited, which additionally runs The Treasury Casino and Hotel in central Brisbane, purportedly employs some 9,500 people nationwide and has already pledged to donate approximately $103,200 to local bush fire relief organizations.
The Star Entertainment Group Limited reportedly explained that this new initiative will enable it to better support volunteer organizations such as those currently battling the Australian bush fires and moreover remove hurdles for those wishing to join such groups. Similarly, it purportedly stated that existing members of the emergency services now know that they will be able to join its ranks without having to compromise on their volunteerism.