Provincial government to introduce legislation to protect jobs of reservists

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The government of Newfoundland and Labrador says it plans to introduce legislation that would protect the jobs of military reservists while theyre serving overseas.

Provincial Labour Minister Shawn Skinner says such protection is no different from laws that ensure maternity leave for mothers who give birth, or compassionate care for those tending to the terminally ill.

Skinner says its not unreasonable to request an employer hold the job of a reservist until he or she returns home after serving.

The issue of job protection for reservists came to light after a Newfoundland man returned to the province Tuesday from Afghanistan, only to find himself looking for new work after losing his job.

Maj. Wallace Noseworthy worked at a car dealership in Stephenville.

Skinner says the legislation, which is already in effect in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, could come as early as the fall.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Afghanistan, Stephenville Manitoba Nova Scotia Saskatchewan

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