Employment standards permits issued prior to January 1, 2018

Employment Standards permits issued before January 1, 2018 will continue to be valid for a period of time.

The legislation on this page is now in effect

For information on Employment Standards legislation that was in force until December 31, 2017, go to https://work.alberta.ca/employment-standards-2017.html

Basic rules

  • Permits issued prior to January 1, 2018 will continue to be valid until the earlier of:
    • January 1, 2019
    • date of expiry stated on the permit
  • Most permits are now called variances - aside from youth employment permits
  • If permit holders want to apply for a variance, they’re encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the expiry of their permit
  • Overtime banking extension permits are no longer issued.
    • The banking period has been extended to 6 months without a permit and no further extensions are allowed.

Disclaimer: In the event of any discrepancy between this information and Alberta Employment Standards legislation, the legislation is considered correct.

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)