Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Regulation has been significantly updated with changes that came into effect on January 1, 2018. Changes and additions to existing laws cover areas like; leave eligibility, maternity/paternity leave, minimum wage, youth employment, overtime and holiday pay. The changes impact agriculture employers and
employees in both primary production and secondary processing.

The Ministry of Labour is hosting a series of information sessions around the province to inform employers of the changes. During the two-hour session, employment standards officers will give a 75-minute presentation, followed by a 45-minute discussion period, covering:

• changes to general holiday pay
• overtime banking
• averaging agreements
• job-protected leaves
• deductions

Athabasca – Tuesday, April 10
Calgary – Thursday, April 19
Fort McMurray – Monday, April 9
Hinton – Thursday, April 12 from 8:30 to 10:30 am
Lethbridge – Monday, April 9
Lloydminster – Thursday, April 12
Medicine Hat – Tuesday, March 27
St. Albert – Monday, April 16
St. Paul – Wednesday, April 11

All sessions run from 9:30 to 11:30 am unless otherwise indicated. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/ES-info-sessions.aspx to register.