Find out about maternity and parental leave

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.

Maternity and parental leave

The Act gives employees the right to take maternity and parental leave and sets the terms for their return to work.

Maternity and parental benefits are administered under the federal Employment Insurance Act. For more information, phone Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.

An employer may offer longer maternity and parental leaves than those outlined under the Act. If these leaves form part of an employment contract, these may be enforceable under the Act.

For more information

Read the fact sheet on maternity and parental leave under the Employment Standards Act.