On November 25, 2014 the Minister of National Defence, the
Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., announced a new Government of
Canada program which will provide financial support to employers of
Canadian Armed Forces reservists who are deployed on
The Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (the
"Program") was instituted in response to the increased
use of reservists on operations in the mid-late 2000s during
Canada's mission in Afghanistan and the increased burden placed
on employers due to the prolonged absence of their reservist
The Program is expected to provide employers with approximately
$403 per week for the duration of the absence of the reservist
employee on operations by way of a grant paid to employers at the
end of the reservist employee's deployment period.
In order to be eligible, the employer must have an employee who
is a reservist serving on a designated Canadian Armed Forces
domestic or international operation for a minimum period of 30
days, up to a maximum of 18 months. The reservist must have
worked with the employer for a minimum of 30 hours per week for
three consecutive months prior to being deployed. Federal
government employers are not eligible for the Program.
Alberta employers are reminded that under the Employment
Standards Code an employer is required to provide an eligible
reservist employee with reservist leave without pay in order to
take part in operations or activities including both international
and domestic Canadian Forces operations. The lawyers at Field Law
have the experience and knowledge to help employers understand
their obligations when a reservist employee is deployed on
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