Employment Standards News and Updates:
A review of Employment Standards legislation is being done to support fair workplavces. See the Discussion Guide and take the survey to provide your input.
March 1, 2014
February 1, 2014
Make a workplace standard video and win money for you and your high school!
September 3, 2013
Alberta’s General Minimum Wage rises to $9.95/hour from $9.75 effective September 1. The liquor server rate of $9.05/hour will not change.
August 27, 2013
January 2, 2014
This new series is based on the Employment Standards Tool Kit for Employers, which was introduced in 2011.
June 19, 2012
This online service displays the names of approximately 1,700 employers with a combined 3,500 unsatisfied claims for earnings totaling over $14 million.
June 19, 2012
Dates and locations of courses held across the province will be posted on website.
June 19, 2012
Albertans are being asked for their views about the basic rules around work using an online Discussion Guide and Survey.
These are minimum standards of employment for employers and employees in the workplace.
- Employees Under Age 18
- General Holidays and General Holiday Pay
- Hours of Work, Rest Periods and Days of Rest
- Maternity and Parental Leave
- Minimum Wage
- Overtime Hours and Overtime Pay
- Payment of Earnings
- Reservists Leave
- Termination of Employment and Termination Pay
- Vacations and Vacation Pay
Educational materials, public awareness campaigns and interactive web-based programs to give Albertans a better understanding of their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Code.view all educational and promotional materials
Employment Standards are set out in the Employment Standards Code and Regulation. These standards are enforced by Employment Standards Officers.
- Compliance Policy and Enforcement Procedures
- Employment Standards Code
- Employment Standards Regulation
- Anonymous Tips
Guides, brochures, posters and other materials to help employers, employees and others understand their workplace rights and responsibilities.
- Employment Standards Guide – Effective September 1, 2013
- Employment Standards Posters
- Fact Sheets
- Your Guide to Rights and Responsibilities at Work
Employment Standards Frequently Asked Questions
What are Alberta’s minimum employment standards?
The minimum standards of employment are set out in Alberta’s employment standards legislation. All Alberta employers are expected to fully comply with them. Some of the standards include minimum wage, overtime, and maternity and parental leave. For more information, see Standards and Definitions.
Who is Subject to Alberta’s minimum standards?
The exceptions are employers and employees who fall under federal legislation, including employees of the federal government or those in industries such as banking, interprovincial trucking or radio and television. For more information, see Federal Employment Standards.
As well, certain minimum standards do not apply to farm or ranch employers engaged in certain listed primary production, or a primary agricultural employer that produces cultured fish. Exempted from certain minimum standards are those who employ:
- ambulance attendants,
- construction industry employees,
- oilwell servicing industry employees,
- taxi cab industry employees,
- trucking industry employees, and
- others listed in the Regulation.
To learn more, please see Employment Standards Regulation.
How do I file a complaint with Employment Standards?
If you have concerns about pay, hours of work, vacation and similar matters, you may file a complaint with Employment Standards. If you have not been able to resolve the situation yourself, you can complete an online complaint form and submit it electronically to Employment Standards at any time.