FAQ

The following Reserve's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are provided for your information. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact us.

Is my employment protected by law?

Yes. The Volunteers Employment Protection Act 1973 (VEPA) allows Reserve Forces personnel to perform their military duties without risking their normal employment and entitlements.
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Will I be made to go on a deployment or can I refuse?

No. There is no compulsion to deploy. However the encouraged expectation of Reserves is the willingness of individuals to deploy and support operational service.
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Do I have to tell my employer about my Reserve Forces activities?

No. Only you can judge whether or not to tell your employer. The VEPA makes it an offence for an employer to discriminate against, disadvantage or dismiss an employee or prospective employee for rendering service in the Reserve Forces. Also, no one from the Directorate of Reserve Forces and Youth Development or your unit will contact your employer on your behalf without your prior consent. To help us provide the support you require we encourage all Reserve Forces personnel to discuss their military service with their employer. Your employer may be more willing to release you for civil defence or other emergency assistance if they are aware of your Reserve Forces involvement in advance.
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Does my employer have to pay me while I'm on military leave?

No. Military Leave provisions under the VEPA do not require employers to pay employees on military leave. We encourage employers to top-up the difference between your civilian pay and your military pay so you do not experience financial hardship while on military leave. Of course, if you use your annual leave your employer does have to pay you while on military training. Check your company’s policy for details, or contact us for further options.
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What do I sign when I become a Reserve?

Successful Reserve applicants sign both an Offer of Service and an Attestation Form (legal document that means you agree to abide by and be subject to Service Law).
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Will I continue to accrue my annual leave while I'm on military leave?

Yes. Being granted military leave provisions under the VEPA means that your normal employment is viewed as uninterrupted and you are entitled to accrue your normal annual leave entitlement. If a special holiday, such as a public holiday, falls within the period of protected military leave there is no requirement for your employer either to pay or accredit that special holiday to you.
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Why is the name changing from Territorials to Reserves?

The named change was an international (Canada, Britain, Australia) move that occurred about a decade ago. The common international term is Reserve Forces and when dealing in the international forum it is appropriate that we use similar terminology. In NZ this change started to occur around 2007.
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What is the difference between Reserves and Territorials?

The only difference between Reserves and Territorials is the name. There is no change in eligibility requirements.
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