Employment standards – Rules

Laws for minimum wage, overtime, holidays, job-protected leaves, vacations, hours of work, earnings, youth workers and termination.


Employment standards rules set out the minimum standards that employers must provide to employees. There are rules for payment of wages, hours of work, overtime, vacations, general holidays, leaves, termination of employment and other areas. In this section, find detailed information on the rights and obligations of employers and employees in Alberta.

Employment rules

Alberta has nine general (statutory) holidays.

Employers may require or permit employees to work modified schedules through an averaging arrangement.

Find out which deductions from employee earnings are allowed and which aren’t.

Alberta’s Employment Standards Regulation outlines exceptions for employees in specific industries and occupations.

Special notice is needed when terminating 50 or more employees within 4 weeks.

Most employees are entitled to breaks, a limit on daily hours and weekly days off.

Eligible employees can take job-protected leave for various personal matters.

Alberta employers must pay their employees at least the minimum wage.

Most employees (full and part-time) are entitled to overtime pay.

Employers must follow rules for paying employees and providing pay statements.

Employers who want to keep an employment relationship may temporarily lay off an employee.

Proper notice must be given when an employee quits or an employer terminates an employee.

Most employees (full and part-time) are entitled to vacation time and vacation pay.

Employees under 18 years old have specific rules under Alberta’s laws.