The following article reflects Rise's interpretation of the Alberta Workplace Legislation Changes that have taken place on January 1, 2018. Please follow the links below to review the actual legislation and updates published by the Alberta provincial government.
Updates to Provincial Legislation
Following a review of existing laws using input from business, industry, organized
the general public, proposed changes to the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code were introduced in Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act
. The Act was passed on June 5,
and received Royal Assent on June 7. Most changes took effect on January 1, 2018, with the exception of the new rules for youth employment, which are scheduled to come into effect on June 1, 2018.
The changes will make sure Albertans have the same rights and protections enjoyed by other Canadians, and have fair and family-friendly workplace laws that support a strong economy and help businesses stay competitive. This includes:
How This Impacts Payroll & HR
Alberta’s Employment Standards Code provides minimum standards of employment that apply to the majority of employers and employees in the province, with the exception of those working in federally regulated industries. The Code applies to approximately 85% of all employment relationships in Alberta.
Therefore It is important for employers in Alberta to familiarize themselves with the changes to the Code that have been passed to support family-friendly workplaces, modernize decades-old legislation, and align the minimum employment standards with the rest of Canada. A summary of the changes are available on the Alberta.ca website here and covers the following topics:
Changes to existing laws
- Leave eligibility
- Compassionate care leave
- Maternity/parental leave
- Rest periods
- Compressed work weeks
- Minimum wage
- General holiday and general holiday pay
- Vacations and vacation pay
- Termination and temporary layoffs
- Youth employment
Additions to existing laws
- Enforcement and administration
How farms and ranches will be affected
- For family members
- For waged, non-family employees
Sign up for Employment Standards updates
If you want to get email alerts when new information or resources become available, sign up by emailing NewESinfo@gov.ab.ca.
For more information, please reference this FAQ about changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Regulation