The government of Nova Scotia will soon introduce changes to provide unpaid leave for victims of domestic violence. It’s proposing an unpaid leave of up to 17 continuous weeks and five intermittent days for an employee who is experiencing violence to:
- seek medical attention for themselves or their children;
- obtain victim services and or counselling;
- relocate; and/or
- seek legal or law enforcement assistance.
To be eligible, an employee must have been employed for at least 90 days. The legislation will be introduced this fall, and follows the introduction of similar legislation in Manitoba and Alberta.