Support Designated Leave for Workers Experiencing Domestic and Sexual Violence
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On June 1, 2017, Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, was introduced at Queen’s Park. Part of the new legislative amendments provide that an employee who has been employed by an employer for at least 13 consecutive weeks is entitled to up to 15 weeks of unpaid leave if the employee or a child of the employee experiences domestic or sexual violence or the threat of domestic or sexual violence.
Creating a designated leave for workers who suffer from domestic or sexual violence, predominantly experienced by women in the workforce, acknowledges that fair workplaces also need to take into consideration equitable practices.
Enabling a worker to take up to 15 weeks of unpaid leave from work to escape a dangerous situation to access the necessary supports demonstrates Ontario is moving in the right direction. Providing safeguards to allow some economic security in the face of uncertainty will support women and families to participate in a growing economy.
Let’s send a message to your MPP to support Bill 148.
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