Province announces next step regarding paid leave for victims of domestic violence

The province has announced five days of paid leave for victims of domestic, intimate partner, or sexual violence. 

Government says the new proposed regulations under the Employment Standards Act provide leave of up to 10 days that could be used intermittently or continuously, and up to 16 weeks that could be used in one continuous period, of which the first five days would be paid.

Premier Brian Gallant says these measures will support employees who experience domestic abuse and enable them to deal with safety concerns, seek medical attention, obtain support services, relocate temporarily or permanently, and seek legal assistance. 

The government consulted with 120 stakeholders before writing the draft regulations, which have been posted for public review for 14 days. 

New Brunswickers have until July 13th to submit feedback

Five provinces currently provide leave for those experiencing domestic violence, including Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.