Alberta overhauls rules for workplace

Unpaid leaves, holiday pay among legislative alterations
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 07/04/2017
Alberta
The Alberta government is planning to make sweeping changes to its employment standards law next year that will affect payroll administration in the province. Credit: Todd Korol/Reuters

The Alberta government is planning to make sweeping changes to its employment standards law next year that will affect payroll administration in the province.

In June, the province’s legislative assembly passed Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act. The bill amends many sections in the Employment Standards Code and introduces a number of new unpaid leaves. It also make broad changes to the province’s Labour Relations Code, which covers unionization and collective agreements.

With the exception of changes affecting youth employment, the employment standards amendments will come into force Jan. 1, 2018.