There is currently a proposed amendment to the Employment Standards Code before the legislature regarding domestic violence leave. This bill has passed second reading and will soon go to committee. We are looking for feedback from our members on this bill. Please provide your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: 'Domestic Violence Leave' by Friday, February 5, 2016.
Key highlights of the proposed legislation include:
Five (5) days paid leave plus a further ten (10) days unpaid leave totalling fifteen (15) days in any fifty-two (52) week period that can be taken intermittently for the purposes described including:
Making a police report
Consulting legal counsel
Consulting health care treatment/counselling
Appearing in court
Additionally, there is a seventeen (17) week unpaid extended leave which must be taken all at one time.
If employers have provisions in policy or Collective Agreements establishing paid sick leave or vacation leave in excess of the statutory minimum, these leaves may be used for the purpose of satisfying the employer’s obligation to provide five days paid leave.