Alberta’s small businesses chafe under new labour laws
Alberta’s small businesses are concerned over new labour laws. Small business advocates in Alberta are raising concerns about the timing of new provincial employment standards that are taking effect on January 1st, 2018, which may bring added costs as well as regulatory burdens to businesses. The new rules address minimum standards in a variety of areas, including overtime pay, job-protected leaves, compressed work weeks, youth employment and holiday pay. Changes to the Employment Standards Code haven’t been addressed for 30 years, so these new laws are to keep pace with changes in Alberta’s workplaces.