Nova Scotia needs paid leave for victims of domestic violence

By Joan Wark
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Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Women’s Committee Chairperson Jackie Swaine is pleased to see the Liberal Government propose amendments to Labour Standards to better support victims of domestic violence.

Swaine says these changes are an important start in addressing domestic violence in Nova Scotia, but it is not far enough and we would like to see paid domestic violence leave as it is the best way to give victims true economic stability.

“The federal government, along with Manitoba and Ontario provide five paid days of leave for people who have experienced domestic violence and we feel Nova Scotians deserve the same protected leave and support when fleeing or living in a violent situation.

“This legislation gives support, but some will still be vulnerable and the best support is paid domestic violence leave which gives employees job protection and financial security,” says Swaine.

Federation President Danny Cavanagh added he is pleased to see this important Bill and he is strongly encouraging the Liberals to take the next steps to remove the major barrier for people escaping domestic and intimate partner violence – paid leave.

“People should not be penalized financially when they are dealing with being victimized by a family member or partner,” says Swaine in conclusion.


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