New workplace rules in Alberta, Ontario

Both provinces implemented wide-ranging employment standards changes Jan. 1
By Sheila Brawn
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 01/02/2018
Alberta Legislature
The Alberta legislature overhauled provincial employment standards for the first time in nearly 30 years. Credit: 2009fotofriends (Shutterstock)

A new year is bringing new employment standards requirements to Alberta and Ontario. On Jan. 1, governments in both provinces implemented wide-ranging changes.

In Alberta, the changes are the first overhaul of the Employment Standards Code since 1988.

“That’s nearly three decades with no major changes, just some minor tweaking every now and then,” said Labour Minister Christina Gray. “Not only have Alberta’s workplace laws lagged behind the times; they’ve lagged behind the rest of Canada as well.”