Webinars - Employment standards

Webinars offer interactive information on Alberta employment standards rules and responsibilities.

Basic information

  • Register for a webinar to learn more about Employment Standards rules and responsibilities.
  • Webinars are free and can be accessed from the comfort of your home or office.
  • Webinars include the opportunity to ask questions about Employment Standards.
  • You need to sign up in advance to reserve your seat in a webinar.
  • Recordings of previously held webinars will also be available for on-demand access.
  • It's recommended that you don't use Internet Explorer when participating in a webinar.  Recommended browsers include Chrome and Firefox.

Register for an upcoming webinar.

Overview of changes to Employment Standards

This information session provides a general overview of the changes to Employment Standards that came into effect on January 1, 2018. Moderators will answer questions throughout the webinar. Topics will include:

  • key employment standards rules and entitlements that had updates
  • what rules and entitlements are new in employment standards, including job-protected leaves
  • what is an administrative penalty system and other upcoming changes to administration and enforcement
  • where to find additional information about employment standards

Changes to Employment Standards for farms and ranches

This information session provides a general overview of the changes to Employment Standards for farming and ranching operations that came into effect on January 1, 2018.  It will cover topics such as:

  • who qualifies for farm and ranch exemptions
  • who’s considered a family member
  • rules that apply to non-family, waged employees
  • rules specific to youth workers on farms and ranches

General holidays, general holiday pay, and vacations

This information session explains Employment Standards rules for General Holidays, General Holiday Pay, Vacations, and Vacation Pay that came into effect on January 1, 2018. Moderators will answer questions throughout the webinar. Topics will include:

  • what they are
  • when employees are eligible or ineligible
  • what exceptions to the rules exist for General Holiday Pay and Vacation Pay
  • how to calculate and distribute pay
  • how general holiday pay and vacation pay can affect one another
  • how to address these topics when termination of employment occurs

Averaging agreements

This information session explains Employment Standards rules for Averaging Agreements, which came into effect on January 1, 2018. Moderators will answer questions throughout the webinar. Topics will include:

  • who’s eligible  and what’s required for flexible averaging agreements and hours of work averaging agreements
  • notifying employees of an agreement and changes made to it
  • hours of work requirements for these agreements
  • changes to work schedules for these agreements
  • calculating, paying, and banking overtime
  • flexible time and missed shifts
  • terminating, cancelling, or ending an agreement
  • sample FAA and HWAA agreements, including examples of scheduling and overtime calculations
  • how to address previous compressed work week arrangements

Hours of work and pay

This information session explains Employment Standards rules for Hours of Work and Pay, which came into effect on January 1, 2018. Moderators will answer questions throughout the webinar. Topics will include:

  • minimum wage, payment of earnings, deductions, hours of work, overtime, and rest
  • employee eligibility requirements and entitlements, and employer obligations for these
  • who is exempt from and what exceptions exist for the standard rules
  • how to calculate and pay out or bank overtime
  • what to do with payment of earnings and overtime when termination of employment occurs

Rules for the construction industry

This information session explains Employment Standards rules for the general construction industry (builders who build buildings), highway and railway construction industry, and road construction and maintenance industry. Moderators will answer questions throughout the webinar. Topics will include:

  • employment standards that apply to the three types of construction industries
  • special rules that exist for each industry in terms of overtime, general holidays, vacations, and termination
  • the difference between the construction industry (builders who build buildings), highway and railway construction industry, and the road construction and maintenance industry

Register to attend

A list of scheduled sessions and registration information is now available.  Every individual who wants to attend a webinar needs to sign up in order to reserve their seat.  Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Registration at least 24 hours in advance is strongly encouraged.

A link for the webinar will be provided by email before the date of the webinar.  Watch your inbox for updates.  Check your spam/junk folder if you do not receive a confirmation email.

Recordings of previous webinars

Recordings of previously held webinars will be posted here.  You can watch a previously recorded webinar anytime it’s convenient for you.  There’s no need to sign up, just click a video to get started.

Contact Employment Standards

780-427-3731 (Edmonton and surrounding areas)
1-877-427-3731 (Toll-free)
From a cell phone, call #310 on Telus and Bell or *310 on Rogers.
Ask a question online

TTY/TDD for the deaf or hard of hearing:
780-427-9999 (Edmonton and surrounding areas)
1-800-232-7215 (Toll-free)