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The Quebec government has introduced new worker-protection legislation that will give victims of violent crime the right to go on unpaid leave for up to two years without losing their jobs.


Labour Minister David Whissell said Tuesday the bill is the first of its kind in the world.


He said the law will also give close relatives of anyone who commits suicide the right to a one-year leave of absence from work.


"If they have a bad situation in their families — if there is a suicide — they will be able to go home, take care of themselves, and afterwards to return to work, and be sure their job will be there," Whissell said.


The legislation comes following consultations with victims' rights groups and employers, which Whissell said are in favour of the proposed law.


The Opposition Action Démocratique du Québec party said Tuesday it will help fast-track the bill into law by Christmas.


(Courtesy of CBC News)

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