Submission on Paid Leave for Workers Facing Domestic and Sexual Violence

The BC Federation of Labour (“BCFED”), through its affiliated members, represents over 500,000 union members in the province of British Columbia and acts as a voice for all working people in the province. The BCFED welcomes the opportunity to provide this written submission on the topic of paid leave for workers who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

The BCFED believes that all workers should have the resources to leave a violent situation and the ability to pursue justice, and needed supports and services without loss of pay. Providing barrier-free access to paid leave under the BC Employment Standards Act is essential to making that happen.

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