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P.E.I. announces new leave for employees leaving a violent situation

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Workers in Prince Edward Island now have a new leave option should they find themselves in a violent situation.

The new leave will start Nov. 1 to allow all qualifying employees to take time off work to access services to deal with issues related to domestic violence, intimate partner violence and sexual violence.

The leave will provide employees three days of paid leave and an additional seven days of unpaid leave that can be taken intermittently or in one continuous period. To access the leave, the employee must be working for a continuous period of three months or more.

“No one should have to choose between a paycheck and their safety,” said Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay.

“If domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence occurs, this leave will allow employees to get the help they need without worrying if they can take time off work.”

To learn more about domestic violence, intimate partner violence and sexual violence leave, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/DVLO.

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