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Employment Standards

Yukon Employment Standards Act and expanded federal leave benefits

The Government of Canada has made changes to family caregiving and parental leave benefits under the federal government’s Employment Insurance program. These changes are designed to meet families’ needs and allow for them to better support each other during critical times.

Yukon is considering making changes to the amount of parental leave and leave for people to care for critically ill family members within our Employment Standards Act.

As with most other jurisdictions, Yukon typically provides leave periods that align with the benefits provided under Canada’s Employment Insurance program. Most provinces have already passed legislation to extend parental benefits, and two other provinces will be consulting or tabling legislation this fall.

Without this change, Yukon employees will not have the right to access the full range of these federal employment insurance benefits. Under Yukon’s Employment Standards Act, these types of benefit programs being considered are unpaid leave and only ensure job protection.

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307 Black Street
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2N1

Mailing Address
Box 2703 (C-7)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2C6

Hours of Operation
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Phone: (867) 667-5944
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