Leave for domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence
Effective November 1, 2019, a new leave will take effect that allows employees time off to deal with the consequences of domestic violence, intimate partner violence or sexual violence.
The new leave provides up to three days paid leave and an additional seven days of unpaid leave in a 12-month period.
An employee needs three months of continuous employment with an employer to be eligible for this leave. The employee can choose to take the leave all at once, or intermittently on an as-needed basis.
New regulations provide details on the purposes for which this new leave can be taken.
For example, an employee may need to use the leave to seek medical attention for a physical or psychological injury caused by domestic violence, intimate partner violence or sexual violence, or to obtain services from a victim services organization.
The regulations require employers to maintain confidentiality of the employee in relation to this leave. However, employers can ask employees to provide written evidence supporting the employee’s need for the leave from certain specified persons, including social workers, psychologists, medical practitioners, or others.
The regulations also clarify how to calculate the rate of pay for an employee using the paid portion of the leave if that employee does not work regular hours.
This article provides only general information. Details of this leave or any other provision of the Prince Edward Island Employment Standards Act and the new Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence or Sexual Violence Regulations can be obtained by contacting the Employment Standards Branch at 902-368-5550 or toll free at 1-800-333-4362 fax: 902-368-5476.
Visit www.peiemploymentstandards.com for more information. The Branch is located in Charlottetown at Sherwood Business Centre, second floor, 161 St. Peter’s Road.