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Supporting Employees Who Deploy: The Case for Financial Assistance to Employers of Military Reservists

16 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2010  

Colin Busby

C.D. Howe Institute

Date Written: January 7, 2010

Abstract

Military reservists have become a vital component of Canada’s forces at home and abroad, and like their counterparts in the regular forces, provide a service for all Canadians. However, owing to recent federal and provincial job protection legislation, employers of reservists tend to bear a disproportionate share of the costs when their employees are deployed overseas or domestically. If reservists choose to take on full-time military duties, their civilian employer’s search for a temporary replacement worker of equal skill represents a genuine and potentially significant cost. An unintended consequence of the current policy framework is that relationships among employers, reservist employees, and the military can be eroded.

Keywords: Canadian military, Canadian Forces, military reservists, Canadian employers, Department of National Defence

JEL Classification: H56, F52

Suggested Citation

Busby, Colin, Supporting Employees Who Deploy: The Case for Financial Assistance to Employers of Military Reservists (January 7, 2010). C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder, No. 123, January 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536693

Colin Busby (Contact Author)

C.D. Howe Institute ( email )

67 Yonge St., Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1J8
Canada

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