New Brunswick’s new domestic violence leave takes effect

Original Article: Benefits Canada | Sept. 4, 2018

New regulations in New Brunswick providing paid leave for victims of domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence took effect on Sept. 1.

The new regulations allow up to 10 days of leave to be used intermittently or continuously, and up to 16 weeks to be used in one continuous period, of which the first five days will be paid.

“Our government recognizes the important role workplace support can play in helping those who experience violence in their relationships move forward,” said Cathy Rogers, the province’s finance minister, in a press release. “Domestic violence is absolutely unacceptable and together we are making a difference.”

The New Brunswick government consulted with 120 stakeholders before implementing the regulations, which are a way to support employees who have experienced domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence. It also allows them to manage their safety, seek medical help, obtain support services, seek legal or police assistance and relocate, according to the release.

“The New Brunswick government is playing a very important leadership role with respect to standing up for victims of domestic and sexual violence,” said Michèle Nadeau, acting executive director of YWCA Moncton. “This will make a difference in the lives of women and children in our province.”

New Brunswick joins Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia in providing domestic violence leave.