To ensure Alberta work sites are fair and equitable, most employers and employees are protected by and must comply with employment standards laws.
The minimum standards of employment for employers and employees in Alberta workplaces.In Alberta, employment standards are contained in the Employment Standards Code and Regulation.
“Hours of work” is the period of time during which an employee works for an employer. It includes time off with pay instead of overtime pay provided by an employer and taken by an employee. An employee may work a maximum of 12 hours in a day unless an unforeseeable or unpreventable emergency occurs, or the Director of Employment Standards issues a permit authorizing extended hours of work beyond 12 hours.An employee is entitled to at least 30 minutes of rest (break) in each shift longer than five consecutive hours of work. Likewise, employees are entitled to certain minimum days of rest as follows:
- one day of rest each work week, or
- two consecutive days of rest in each period of two consecutive work weeks, or
- three consecutive days of rest in each period of three consecutive work weeks, or
- four consecutive days of rest in each period of four consecutive work weeks, or
- at least four consecutive days of rest after 24 consecutive work days.To learn more, see the Hours of Work, Rest Periods and Days of Rest Fact Sheet.Created: 2004-07-19
· Managers, supervisors and those employed in a confidential capacity;· Farm workers;· Professionals, including agrologists, architects, certified or chartered accountants, chiropractors, dentists, denturists, engineers, information systems professionals, lawyers, optometrists, podiatrists, psychologists and veterinarians;· Salespersons of automobiles, trucks, buses, farm machinery, road construction· equipment, heavy duty equipment, manufactured homes or residential homes;· Salespersons who solicit orders, principally outside of the employer’s place of business, who are fully or partly paid by commission (this does not apply to route salespersons);· Licensed salespersons of real estate and securities;· Licensed insurance salespersons who are paid entirely by commission income;· Salespersons who are at least 16 years old and are engaged in direct selling for licensed direct sellers;· Licensed land agents;· Extras in a film or video production;· Counselors or instructors at an educational or recreational camp that is operated on a charitable or not-for-profit basis for children, persons with disabilities, or religious purposes;· Residential and homecare caregivers (employees are exempt only from section 16 of the Code concerning hours of work, but not from rest periods). Please see the “Caregivers” Fact Sheet at http://work.alberta.ca/esfactsheets;· Domestic employees (these employees are exempt only from sections 16 and 17 of the Code concerning hours of work and notice of work times, but not from rest periods).
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