Guide to Employment Standards

Guide to Employment Standards

Minimum standards employees and employers can expect in Alberta workplaces.

Most employers and employees in the province are subject to the minimum standards as set out in the Employment Standards Code and Employment Standards Regulation. An employee or employer cannot agree to waive their rights and remedies under the Code; any agreement of this type is void and not valid.

This guide covers the minimum employment standards employees can expect, from minimum wage and hours of work, to maternity and parental leave. You’ll also find examples, checklists and sample letters.


Some jobs or industries may have slightly different standards, or be exempt from one or more minimum standards. In this guide, the most common exemptions are identified. Where employment standards don’t meet the needs of a workplace, it may be necessary to get a permit for an exemption. An employer can do so by applying for an employment permit.


If an employee has concerns about employment standards at their workplace and are unable to resolve the issue with their employer, they can file an employment standards complaint.

If you want to report potential employment standards violations but don't want to file a complaint, you can submit an anonymous tip.

Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct.

Modified: 2018-01-02
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