More Support for Families and Survivors of Domestic Violence

Your Liberal government is making changes to support Nova Scotia parents and their families, as well as survivors of domestic violence.

Starting January 1, the eligibility period in the Labour Standards Code to qualify for protected pregnancy and parental leave will be eliminated. This means people will be able to access such leave as soon as they are hired.

Providing support to young families is one building block to a stronger province. Under the code, both biological and adoptive parents are eligible for up to 77 weeks of leave.

Also beginning January 1, people who have been in their jobs for at least three months will be entitled to protected leave if they or their child experience domestic violence. This will allow them time away from work to seek medical attention, obtain victim services or professional counselling, relocate and seek legal of law enforcement assistance.

As a result of changes introduced by your Liberal government in the spring, employees can access up to 16 continuous weeks of domestic violence leave. As well, an employee can take 10 continuous or intermittent days of protected leave. Up to three days of leave is to be paid by the employer.

Your Liberal government consulted with employers, labour and other stakeholders on both regulatory changes. For more information, you can visit the Department of Labour and Advanced Education website