Employers deserve comp for reservists: Study

Job protection legislation a 'hardship' for employers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/07/2010

Firms that employ reservists should be compensated — with 40 to 80 per cent of a reservist’s salary — for the hardships involved when reservists are deployed, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute.

The use of reservists promotes the peace, security and prosperity of all Canadians and yet employers of reservists tend to bear the costs of employees deployed overseas, owing to federal and provincial job protection legislation, according to Supporting Employees Who Deploy: The Case for Financial Assistance to Employers of Military Reservists.

“You get this situation where services to society are being rendered at the expense of a few,” said Colin Busby, a policy analyst at C.D. Howe and author of the backgrounder.