Part of Employment

Employment standards

Rules, regulations and compliance measures for employers and employees in Alberta workplaces.


Employment standards set out the rights and obligations of employers and employees in Alberta. This includes the minimum standards that employers must provide to employees. You will find Alberta’s basic employment standards, what to do if you think they are not being followed, and educational materials to help you better understand them. Permits and variances are available to employers if you need an exception to a standard.

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

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File a complaint or make an anonymous tip if your employer doesn’t meet the minimum employment standards.

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Alberta’s employment standards laws are enforced through audits, inspections, penalties, prosecutions and judgment collection.

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Apply for variances to basic employment standards rules, or for a permit to employ a person under 18 for certain types of work.

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Self-assessment tool, instructional videos, publications and other resources.