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By Jeff Florian
April 19—Under new amendments to Manitoba’s Employment Standards Code, victims of domestic violence will soon be entitled to take job-protected leave to help address issues that have arisen as a result of the abuse.
The legislation, which is the first of its kind in Canada, will allow domestic violence victims to take up to 10 days intermittently or in a continuous period and up to 17 weeks in one continuous period during each 52-week period. Up to five days of the leave can be paid.
The leave is intended to be used for medical care, victim services, counseling, relocation and legal assistance. To be eligible, the employee must have been employed for at least 90 days and be a victim of domestic abuse as defined by the Manitoba Domestic Violence and Stalking Act, which can include threatened or actual bodily harm, forced confinement, psychological or emotional abuse or sexual assault. The new provisions take effect June 1.
Employers are entitled to “reasonable verification” of the necessity for the leave but must maintain confidentiality in respect to all matters involving the leave.
Ontario has prepared similar legislation currently being reviewed by the province's Standing Committee on Justice Policy.
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