N.S. government announces support for families and victims of domestic violence

Government has announced changes to support parents and their families, as well as victims of domestic violence. 

Changes to the Labour Standards Code will give Nova Scotians access to protected pregnancy and parental leave from the moment they are hired, with no eligibility requirement.

Under the code, both biological and adoptive parents are eligible for up to 77 weeks of leave.

People who have been in their jobs for at least three months will be entitled to protected leave if they or their child experience domestic violence.

This leave allows them time away from work to seek medical attention, obtain victim services or professional counselling, relocate, and seek legal or law enforcement assistance.

The province says it consulted with employers, labour, and other stakeholders on both regulatory changes, which take effect on January 1st.