Employer Support Awards - Profile Mar 2017

Sydney Law Firm Takes out Employer Award

Sydney law firm Atanaskovic Hartnell has taken out the Medium Business category at the recent Defence Reserves Support Council NSW Employer Support Awards.

Held at the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, Sydney, the aim of the Awards night was to recognise employers from the Greater Sydney Region who 'go above and beyond' to support their Australian Defence Force Reservist employees.

Atanaskovic Hartnell received a nomination from employee and Australian Army Reservist Lieutenant Anthony Hopkins who appreciated his employer's supportive employment policies.

"Over the past six months they have released me on three separate periods of extended training," LT Hopkins said.

"They have facilitated my prompt departure from work on parade nights and weekend training which makes the balance of work and ADF service a lot easier."

Defence Reserves Support Council NSW Chair Mr Mark Todd paid tribute to Atanaskovic Hartnell and thanked senior management for their support of their Reservist employees.

"Employers who support their employees in the Reserves, are not only helping one of their team, they are supporting the national Defence effort," Mr Todd said.

"Let me assure you that these Reservists gain the deep appreciation of their colleagues, the Defence Force and the Nation, as well as gaining access to an extraordinary array of experience and training- which results in more confident, reliable and proven team members."

Head Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer said there was no doubt Australian business and industry stood to gain a lot from employing and supporting Defence Reservists.

"Anyone who employs a Defence Reservist has a valuable member on their team, an employee whose training and service ethic drives performance and effectiveness in the workplace," RADM Kafer said.

Employing a Reservist makes good business sense. As well as the personal attributes Reservists bring to a workplace, there are a range of incentives on offer to support employers.

For more information about the Defence Reserves Support Council

NSW ESA Atanaskovic Hartnell
L-R Lieutenant Anthony Hopkins; Mr Lawson Jepps; Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd); Commanding Officer of the Sydney University Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Deane and NSW State Chair DRSC, Mr Mark Todd.

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