Employment Standards News and Updates:
Minimum wage earners in Alberta will get a raise September 1 when the province’s two minimum wage rates increase to keep pace with rising provincial incomes and the cost of living.
May 28, 2014
Work Right campaign aims to encourage safe, fair and healthy workplaces throughout the province.
May 12, 2014
The winners for the 2014 Work Safe Alberta Student Video Competition have been chosen! Congratulations to the winners.
April 22, 2014
February 1, 2014
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
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.