We Support Survivors. We support Bill 26.
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is joining with community partners across sectors including Justice, Health, Education, Violence Against Women, and Labour, in support of Peggy Sattler’s Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 2016. Bill 26 speaks to the pressing need to support victims of sexual and domestic violence with paid time off that would enable them to see a doctor, access a crisis centre or counselling, find a place to live, or attend court.
Legislation that includes mandatory training is needed to sensitize employers to the warning signs, impacts and risks of domestic and sexual violence so that they can develop informed, effective and appropriate measures of response. The Ontario bill goes beyond Manitoba with ten days of paid leave as well as unpaid leave and the opportunity for flexible work arrangements for victims of sexual and domestic violence.
The Bill unanimously passed second reading debate on October 20, 2016.
Please join this Thunderclap to support the quick passage of this important bill, and help spread this message to your networks.
Nigel Barriffe, Board Chair, UARR