Legislation has been introduced and passed today (Wed) to help support victims of interpersonal violence, which is fitting for the National Day of Remembrance and Action On Violence Against Women.
The Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act, gives survivors of interpersonal violence 10 days of unpaid leave to access services or to move, but it doesn't have to be taken all at once. Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan says Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of police-reported interpersonal violence in the country and while the government and stakeholders work toward more long-term solutions, victims need immediate supports to escape dangerous situations, and that's what this Amendment is about. Job protected leave will be law after the legislation receives Royal Assent, which is expected tomorrow (Thurs). Employees can use this time for medical needs, to get services from a victims' services organization, psychological or other professional services, to move, or to seek legal or law enforcement assistance and attend court appearances. Morgan says attitudes need to shift about acceptable behaviour and measures are needed to identify and prevent abusive relationships.