Employment Standards Fact Sheets
Information to help employers and employees understand their rights and obligations under Alberta’s Employment Standards laws.
The fact sheets provide basic information and are not intended to replace the actual text of the Employment Standards Code, Employment Standards Regulation and other related legislation.
- Adolescents and Young Persons
Explains restrictions on the employment of individuals under age 18, as well as the rights and responsibilities of parties involved.
- Ambulance Attendants
Explains exceptions to hours of work and overtime hours for ambulance attendants.
- Appealing to an Umpire
Explains the process for serving on the Registrar a Notice of Appeal to an Umpire.
- Appealing to the Director
Explains the process for appealing a decision of an Employment Standards Officer to the Director of Employment Standards.
Outlines the rights and obligations of parties when an employer is in bankruptcy or involved in other insolvency proceedings.
Explains the standards that apply to caregivers (employees who provide home care and residential care services, in accordance with the Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation).
- Collecting an Employment Standards Judgment
Outlines options available to help collect money owed to you.
- Commission Pay Plans and Minimum Compensation Entitlement
Explains the policy used by Employment Standards to determine if employees paid by commission are receiving the minimum standards under employment standards legislation.
- Compassionate Care Leave
Explains compassionate care leave eligibility and entitlements.
- Complaint Resolution Process
Outlines the process used by Employment Standards to resolve complaints filed by employees.
- Compressed Work Week Arrangements
Explains the minimum standards for a compressed work week arrangement.
- Construction Industry
Outlines employee entitlements to overtime and overtime pay, vacation pay, general holiday pay and termination pay in the construction industry.
- Corporate Director’s Appeal
Explains the process and requirements for appealing a certificate received from the Director of Employment Standards.
- Deductions from Earnings
Explains what deductions an employer may or may not take from an employee’s pay.
- Direct Sellers
Explains the minimum standards for employers and employees involved in a direct selling business.
- Domestic Employment
Outlines the minimum standards for persons employed in the employer’s residence, for the care, comfort and convenience of members of that residence.
- Field Catering, Geophysical Exploration and Other Miscellaneous Services Overtime Hours and Pay
Explains overtime rules for employees in field catering, geophysical exploration, surveying, logging and lumbering, and road maintenance activities.
- Fire Fighting Services
Explains exceptions to hours of work, mandatory rest periods and overtime hours for firefighters.
- General Holidays and General Holiday Pay
Identifies Alberta’s statutory holidays and the rules around eligibility and entitlement to general holidays and general holiday pay.
- Hours of Work, Rest Periods and Days of Rest
Outlines employee entitlements to hours of work, rests periods, days of rest and notice of work times.
- Incentive-Based Pay Plans and Minimum Compensation Entitlement
Explains the process used to determine if earnings paid to employees under an incentive-based pay plan meet the minimum requirements under employment standards legislation.
- Maternity Leave and Parental Leave
Explains maternity and parental leave eligibility and entitlements.
- Minimum Wage
Outlines the minimum wage in Alberta effective October 1, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Rules about minimum compensation, exemptions from the minimum wage and deductions for board and lodging.
- Oilwell Servicing
Explains exceptions to hours of work and overtime hours, as well as bonus payments to employees in the oilwell servicing industry.
- Overtime Hours and Overtime Pay
Explains overtime hours and overtime pay entitlements. It also describes the rules for banking overtime hours under an overtime agreement.
- Payment of Earnings
Explains the rules for the payment of earnings to employees.
Explains the rights and obligations of parties involved in a receivership under either the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act or Alberta’s Business Corporations Act.
- Reservist Leave
Outlines eligibility requirements and entitlements to reservist leave.
- Termination of Employment and Temporary Layoff
Explains the requirements for termination notice or pay in lieu of notice, temporary layoffs and group terminations under the Employment Standards Code. Also outlines the process used to investigate complaints by employees who have been terminated for allegedly abusing vulnerable individuals under their care.
- Umpire Hearings
Explains the Employment Standards Umpire Hearing Process.
- Vacations and Vacation Pay
Explains vacations and vacation pay entitlements under the Code.