To view a quick summary of Interpersonal Violence Leave, please review the Employment Leaves Quick Reference - Family guide.
Interpersonal violence leave is a job-protected leave of up to 10 days for survivors of interpersonal violence or survivors of any form of sexual violence to access supports or relocate to a new home. The leave consists of five employer-paid days and five unpaid days.
To be eligible, an employee, employee's child or a person for whom an employee is a caregiver must be the victim of interpersonal violence or sexual violence and the employee requires time off work to:
- Seek medical attention;
- Obtain services from a victims services organization;
- Obtain psychological or other professional services;
- Relocate, either temporarily or permanently; or
- Seek legal or law enforcement assistance and attend court appearances.
Employees must have worked for an employer for a minimum of 13 weeks and will be required to provide evidence of the services being received if the employer requests it. This could be written confirmation from:
- a social worker;
- a member of the College of Psychologists;
- a medical doctor;
- a practicing member of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association or the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan;
- a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or another police service; or
- another person approved by the employer who is employed by an agency or organization that provides emergency or transitional shelter or support for victims of interpersonal violence.
Refer to 12(4)4 of The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act to learn more about the acts governing membership of those groups.
Employers are required to ensure personal information about employees accessing the leave is kept confidential.