Recent changes to employment standards provide job-protected, unpaid leave for people who need time away from work after facing domestic or sexual violence. Before, people escaping, recovering or rebuilding their lives had no ability to take time from their jobs to find the solutions needed to make life safer for themselves and their families unless their employer agreed to the leave.

In Canada, in addition to providing unpaid job-protected leave, most provinces and the federal government require employers to provide paid leave for victims of domestic or sexual violence ranging from 2-5 days.

We’ve asked people for their thoughts on how future changes could impact them as an employer, an employee, or as a family member and friend.

  • Individuals were invited to complete an online questionnaire and
  • Organizations had the option of providing formal submissions.

Thank you to those who took the time to participate. We appreciate that this can be a painful and traumatic topic for many people in our province, and we deeply value your insights on how best to assist working people who need additional support, while balancing the views of B.C. employers.

The feedback, which is now being reviewed, will help inform future improvements to the Employment Standards Act.