Alberta employment and health and safety legislation has had a big year. In less than twelve months, significant changes have occurred to the Alberta Employment Standards Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, making major updates for the first time in more than thirty years. For employers, great change often comes with great responsibilities. With these changes already in effect, policies should be updated, procedures should be changed, training should be assigned, and employees should be informed.
Bill 30, or An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, is the most recent legislative change affecting employers, and came into force on June 1, 2018. With the passage of Bill 30, Alberta expanded workers’ rights and the responsibilities of employers to create and maintain a safe working environment. Health and safety programs are now a requirement under the new legislation, as well as the standardized formation of joint work site health and safety committees. Employers' roles were further defined, and the scopes of employee participation and refusal of work were expanded.
Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, made major changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code, changing provisions around protected leaves, rest periods, and deductions from wages, just to name a few. The biggest additions to the existing laws were the numerous protected leaves that were added to the code, such as domestic violence leave and personal and family responsibility leave.
Changes in these laws have been substantial and can feel overwhelming. With the updates already in effect, what specific steps can your business take to maintain compliance? Download our FREE Guide to Navigating Legislative Changes in Alberta, which will give you an overview of what your business should complete.
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