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NB seeking input on ideas to protect Reservists' non-mil jobs
« on: September 07, 2011, 07:27:42 »
Sharing this in case you want to make your voice heard in New Brunswick.

"Finding the right balance can sometimes be a tricky and nerve-testing procedure. But efforts to do just that are exactly what's happening these days within the part-time military community as officials juggle ideas in an effort to find ways to make the lives of reservist soldiers in this province a little more secure. In April, residents were asked to participate in a provincial government consultation process and provide their views on how to offer better leave protection to reservists working in civilian jobs or pursuing post-secondary studies .... Ideas were collected by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and placed in a preliminary report called "What We Heard: Responses to the Review of Canadian Forces Reservist Employment and Education Leave Protection in New Brunswick." (PDF) .... If you have ideas on how you would like to see reservists protected in this province, now is the time to step forward. Contact the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.
.... Among other things, the government was told:

 * There was a need to raise the profile of reservists as valuable members of the civilian workforce, that reservists must build relationships with their civilian employers, and that ongoing training is a critical requirement of reservist service;

* That accommodating reservists' requests for leave of absence has the highest impact on small and medium-sized businesses;

* That consideration should be given to making provision for an employer's hardship clause in the Employment Standards Act to accommodate reservists' leave of absence requests;

* That student reservists should be encouraged to complete their post-secondary studies;

* That leave protection should be extended to include different classes of reservists;

* That amending the definition of service to define the activities that may be required would assist employers to understand the nature of reservist service and the critical nature of training requirements;

* That provision should be made for leave for annual training ....
Source:, 7 Sept 11

Here's the government paper mentioned above (8 page PDF)

Contact info:, fax (506) 453-3618 or snail mail at Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Review of Reservists Employment and Education Leave Protections, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1.
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