Alberta's New Employment Standards


Why should you care?

As an employer, do you know that changes in the Alberta Employment Standards Code will commence January 1, 2018?  

This may have a major impact in your relationship with your employees.  The following are some highlights of the changes:

unpaid leave categories

1 ) Categories for unpaid leave

Additional categories for unpaid, protected leave and extended protection period based on the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act. 

For a summarized poster, click here


2 ) General Holiday pay

There’s no distinction between a regular and non-regular work day. 

Eg. If the statutory holiday falls on a Saturday and the office is usually closed on Saturday, it is still payable.  The new calculation is based on 5% of the previous 4 weeks pay. 


3 ) Overtime pay

Overtime pay must be at a rate of 1.5 times, banked or paid or a combination thereof. 


4 ) New rules regarding compressed work weeks

There needs to be an averaging agreement with two different categories: hours of work or flexible. 


5 ) Youth Employment

There are also new rules for Youth employment which becomes effective May 1, 2018. 

For more information to Alberta's Employment standards coming January 1st, 2018 check out this link