Government of Yukon

December 19, 2013

Yukon government seeking public input on employment standards

WHITEHORSE—The government is seeking feedback on potential further changes to the Employment Standards Act.

The act was recently changed so that employed parents of children who are critically ill are provided with up to 37 weeks of job protection to match the federal Employment Insurance Act. In the case of a parent of a missing child or whose child has died as the result of a crime, up to 35 weeks of job protection are now provided. In either case, parents are able to take unpaid leave from their jobs to access the new federal financial benefits.

“The Government of Yukon committed to a review of the length of unpaid leave a parent may take in specific instances,” Minister of Community Services Brad Cathers said. “Today, we are delivering on this commitment with this engagement process.”

Cathers added that the government will also look at the minimum length of employment required before becoming eligible for this new type of leave.

Yukon is one of only a few jurisdictions that have so far amended employment legislation to allow for the new federal benefits.

Input is also being sought on the probationary period for new employees. The probationary period is currently six months in Yukon for all employees governed by the Employment Standards Act.

Yukoners have until January 31, 2014 to provide their feedback by visiting



Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications, Community Services

News Release #13-325