Several provinces have created or are beginning to add a statutory domestic violence leave of absence to their employment standards legislation, including Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In Newfoundland and Labrador Bill 32 amends the Labour Standards Act to establish such a leave.
Nothing prevents employers from providing their workers with benefits greater than the minimum standards provided by the ESA. Will this extend to leave when a pet dies or leave when a young pet is adopted?
On October 29, 2014, three new job-protected leaves come into force under the Ontario Employment Standards Act.