The Provincial NDP is calling for an increase in the amount of paid leave for victims of domestic violence.
Government has made amendments to the Labour Standards Act to allow for three days of paid leave and seven days unpaid leave for victims of domestic violence.
The NDP wants an increase to five days of paid leave, and five days of unpaid leave. The amendment did not pass.
NDP Leader, Gerry Rogers, says when women flee domestic violence, there is a lot they have to do to re-stabilize their own lives and the lives of their children. Victims may need to seek medical attention, find housing, make court appearances and more.
Rogers wants to know why government decided to do the bare minimum by proposing only three days of paid leave, when the rest of the country is moving to five days.
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