Saskatchewan will be offering paid leave to victims of domestic and sexual violence who require time off from work. According the government officials, the employees can use the leave to move, obtain support services, get medical help and attend court appearances.
The legislation has been passed and it is expected to take effect this month.
The change means employees who were previously entitled to take 10 unpaid days of leave can now take five paid days and five unpaid days off.
Justice Minister Don Morgan says he hopes the change means victims can get the help they need without worrying about money. The Opposition NDP has been pushing for the government to introduce paid leave for domestic violence victims and presented a private member’s bill last year.
To read more stories about the recent announcement check out these links:
- Saskatchewan introduces 5-day paid leave for domestic and sexual violence victims – Star Phoenix
- Sask. victims of domestic or sexual violence to receive five days of paid leave – CBC
- Sask. government grants 10 days of leave from work to survivors of interpersonal violence – Leader Post
If you are are a victim of domestic violence and need assistance, contact your GSU staff rep.