Public Consultation is underway on a proposed amendment to Yukon’s
Employment Standards Act.
The proposed amendment would mirror changes made early in 2008 under the
Canada Labour Code to provide job protection for Yukon members of Canada’s
Reserve Forces while they are absent from their civilian employment to take part
in official military operations and annual training.
Please see Frequently Asked Questions below for more information.
Before moving forward with this amendment to the Employment Standards Act,
Yukon Government would like to hear from employers and affected stakeholders.
Please send your comments to us no later than January 20, 2009:
Mail: Labour Services, CS, C-7, Box 2703, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Phone: (867) 667-5944 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5944
Fax: (867) 393-6317)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is the Yukon Employment Standards Act amendment needed?
In April 2008 the Canadian Government passed legislation to provide members of
Canada’s Reserve Force with protection of their civilian jobs under the Canada
Labour Code and the Public Service Employment Act.
In order to ensure that Yukon Reservists are entitled to the same job protection
as the federal acts provide, Yukon Government would need to amend Yukon’s
Employment Standards Act to mirror the Canada Labour Code.
Q: How many people are affected by the proposed amendment?
While there are very few Reservists in Yukon, some 220 Rangers would benefit
from the proposed leave amendment.
Q: What would employers be required to do?
Employers would be required to provide job protection to Reservists deployed for
overseas missions, including pre-and post-deployment duties related to the
operation, and to both Reservists and Rangers deployed for domestic
emergencies, and for up to 15 days of annual training.
While the employee is on leave, employers are not required to continue wages,
benefits or pension