Learn about annual vacation pay and vacation time

What is the Employment Standards Act?

The Employment Standards Act and Regulation set the minimum standards for employment in Yukon.

The Act covers most employers and employees. It does not apply to:

  • territorial, First Nations and federal governments;
  • employees who are covered by a collective agreement (unless it does not meet the minimum standards);
  • employees who are excluded by regulations, such as sitters (a person who is hired on a causal basis to look after a child, a disabled person or other person in a private residence); and
  • employees who are employed by sectors that fall under the federal jurisdiction. These include:
    • banks;
    • airlines;
    • inter-provincial trucking companies;
    • post offices; and
    • radio and television stations.

Who is entitled to vacation pay and vacation time?

The Act states that all employees are entitled to vacation pay and vacation time except members of the employer’s family.

When must an employer start paying vacation pay?

An employer must start paying vacation pay after the employee has been continuously employed for 14 days.

How is vacation pay calculated?

Vacation pay is calculated as at least 4% of an employee’s gross wages. Vacation time is calculated as at least 2 weeks for every year of completed work.

For more information

View the fact sheet for more information on this and:

  • when employers must give earned vacation time by;
  • when employees must receive their vacation pay;
  • what happens if the employee’s employment is terminated before 1 year is complete.