Changes to Alberta’s Employment standards will be effective September 1, 2019

Published Monday, August 26, 2019

Bill 2 will:

  • return to a holiday pay qualifying period of 30 work days in the last 12 months before a general holiday
  • return to regular / irregular workday distinctions:
    • If a holiday falls on a day that is normally a workday for the employee and they worked on the holiday, they are still entitled to the same amount of general holiday pay as before. There are two options for paying employees holiday pay:
      • The employee gets 1.5 times their regular wage for hours worked and average daily wage.
      • The employee gets their regular wage rate for hours worked and average daily wage with one day off work.
    • If a holiday falls on a day that is normally a workday for the employee and the employee did not work on the holiday, they are entitled to their average daily wage.
    • If a holiday falls on a day that is not normally a workday for the employee and they work on the holiday, they are still entitled to 1.5 times their regular wage rate for hours worked.
    • If the holiday falls on a day that is not normally a workday for the employee and the employee did not work on the holiday, they are not entitled to general holiday pay.
  • give employers and employees the option to develop straight-time banked hours arrangements and repeal Flexible Averaging Agreements (changes to overtime banking mean these agreements will no longer be needed).

 

If you would like to view the entire bill please visit https://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=bills_status&selectbill=002&legl=30&session=1

Or call Employment Standards at 1-877-427-3731.