Two London MPPs have joined forces in hopes of speeding up the passage of a private member’s bill that would provide paid leave for survivors of sexual or domestic violence.
London-West New Democrat Peggy Sattler’s Bill 26 passed second reading after going up for debate Thursday afternoon in the legislature.
It received all party support when it passed second reading last March, but the Liberal’s decision to pro-rogue parliament forced Sattler to start from square one.
Bill 26 was re-introduced on September 27th, and while she initially thought the bill wouldn’t make it to second reading until next spring, Sattler tells AM980 a local MPP helped her bring it forward much earlier.
“I’m delighted that Teresa Armstrong, my NDP colleague from London-Fanshawe, agreed to trade her spot in the private members’ bill scheduling to allow me to debate my bill [Thursday] afternoon,” Sattler begins, “because collectively as an NDP caucus we recognize this as a high priority and we wanted to see this legislation move forward as quickly as possible.”
The bill calls for survivors of sexual or domestic violence to receive up to 10 days of paid leave as well as a reasonable amount of unpaid leave in addition to workplace accommodations and mandatory training on domestic and sexual violence.
Sattler says the bill will help survivors get the help they need without risking their employment.
“When people experience domestic violence or sexual violence they are going to be unable to perform to their full capacity at work, quite understandably. They’re going to be distracted, often times they have to miss work or they’re going to be late for work, they may end up getting fired because of chronic absenteeism because of the violence that they have experienced at home.”
It passed second reading Thursday afternoon and will now be referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly. Sattler hopes to press the committee to make the bill a priority so that it can quickly get back to the legislature for third and final reading.
— Peggy Sattler (@PeggySattlerNDP) October 20, 2016
Ahead of the second reading, Sattler held a news conference alongside Medical Officer of Health for the Middlesex-London health Unit Dr. Chris Mackie, Executive Director of the Women Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT) Harmy Mendoza, and Human Resources Manager at MCIS Language Solitions Alejandro Gonzalez.