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Yukon Leave Laws

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Holidays

Paid federal statutory holidays

  • New Year’s Day – 1st January
  • Good Friday – 2 days before Easter Sunday
  • Victoria Day – Monday preceding May 25th 
  • Canada Day – 1st July
  • Labour Day – first Monday of September
  • Thanksgiving Day – second Monday of October
  • Remembrance Day – 11th November
  • Christmas Day – 25th December
  • Boxing Day – 26th December

Provincial Paid holidays

Yukon has an additional holiday:

  • Discovery Day – 3rd Monday of August

Businesses are not required to close, but most operate on reduced hours. To be eligible to work, the employee must have:

  • Been employed for at least 30 calendar days prior to the holiday
  • Worked the scheduled shift before and after the holiday
  • Not been on unpaid leave for 14 consecutive days prior to the holiday, with the exception of maternity leave

Eligible Pay Rate and/or Entitlement:

  • If the holiday falls on a regular workday: Stat pay + 1.5 times regular rate for hours worked OR regular day wage + one day paid leave
  • If the holiday falls on a non-working day: One day paid leave (taken on the next regular working day)

Vacation

In Yukon, employees are entitled to 2 consecutive weeks of vacation leave after the first year of employment.

Vacation Pay 

Employees are entitled to vacation pay of 4% of gross wages. Vacation pay must be paid at least 1 day before the employee starts the vacation.

The rollover policy

  • Statutory Provisions Addressing Vacation Pay

Vacation is considered earned wages.

  • Use-It-or-Lose-It Policy

In Canada is illegal to use the policy. 

  • Payment of Accrued Vacation upon Termination

The employee’s earnings must be paid upon termination of employment.

 

Accruals

  • Vacation and PTO

Vacation pay is calculated as a percentage of the gross wages an employee earns during the “year of employment”.

  • Personal leave and Family leave – Sick Leave

An employee is entitled to up to 12 days of unpaid sick leave. The leave is earned at the rate of 1 day per completed month of employment. Sick leave cannot be carried over to another year.

Maternity and Parental Leave

Maternity Leave Employees who have been employed for at least 12 consecutive months are entitled to up to 17 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave. An employee must provide four weeks’ notice and a medical certificate. The employer may require the employee to take maternity leave any time within the 6 weeks prior to her estimated due date.

Parental Leave Eligible employees are entitled to up to 37 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave. Leave can be shared by both parents, not to exceed 37 weeks. Four weeks’ written notice is required. An employee is entitled to both maternity and parental leave. Parental leave must be completed no later than the first-anniversary date of the birth or adoption of the child or of the date the child came into the employee’s care and custody.

Jury Duty Leave

All employers must allow employees to take unpaid leave in order to attend court as jurors. 

Bereavement Leave

  • Employees are entitled to up to one week of unpaid leave due to the death of a family member. If the employee is designated by the family of a deceased member of a First Nation as the person responsible for organizing the funeral potlatch for the deceased, the employee is entitled to bereavement leave. Leave Related to the Disappearance or Death of a ChildEmployees who have been employed with the same employer at least for 6 consecutive months are entitled to up to 52 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave due to a disappearance of a child as a result of a crime and up to 104 weeks of unpaid leave due to a death of a child. Leave can be shared by 2 or more employees. Written notice is required.

Compassionate Care Leave, Leave Related to Critical Illness of a Child

Compassionate Care Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 8 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave to provide care and support to a seriously ill family member with a significant risk of death within 26 weeks. Leave may be shared by 2 or more employees and taken in periods of time of at least one week. A medical certificate is required.

 

Leave Related to Critical Illness of a Child

Employees who have been employed for at least 6 consecutive months are entitled to up to 37 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave to provide care and support to a critically ill child under the age of 18. Leave can be shared by 2 or more employees. A medical certificate is required.

Reservist Leave

Employees who have been employed with the same employer for at least 6 consecutive months are entitled job-protected unpaid leave. Leave applies 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, for up to 15 days of annual training.

 

For more on Yukon Leave Laws, you can consult this government-issued PDF.

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