Alberta’s labour law changes have been the topic of conversation for quite some time. Now that these changes have been in effect for a couple months, employers are fully responsible for ensuring they understand the changes and are fully compliant with the new laws.
What if your employer isn’t complying with the new labour standards?
If your employer is not compliant with the new labour laws, there are a couple things you can do. The first step is to educate yourself. You can’t be sure your employer is breaking laws if you don’t know them for yourself. Be sure that you not only know the laws applicable to your situation, but make sure you also understand them thoroughly. Many of these changes and clarifications in the new Labour Code are multi-layered and can be difficult to understand, so make sure you’ve read all the exceptions to each law. For a summary of the major changes surrounding compensation, click here. For a summary of the major changes surrounding leave and vacation, click here.
After you have done your research, and are sure of your employer’s noncompliance, the next step is to speak up. As a worker, your voice matters, and the government of Alberta has gone to great lengths to ensure you’re regarded and cared for a little more in the workplace. If this isn’t taking place, it is your right to hold your employer accountable.
Depending on the nature of the labour issue, it may be more appropriate for you to speak with your supervisor or to go directly to your employer. Whatever the situation, we’ll help you navigate the process.
While some bosses may be purposefully failing to adhere to the new laws, most employers and supervisors should welcome your respectful requests for workplace adjustments as per the new labour code. If your employer is not compliant with the new labour law changes, and you need advice on how to move forward, get in touch with us.