Basic rules

  • An appeal is a request to reverse or modify an Employment Standards decision resulting from a:
    • complaint investigation
    • compliance enforcement measure
    • administrative penalty
  • Appeals are made to the Director of Employment Standards or the appeal body.
  • Decisions on valid appeals will be made by the Director, a reviewing officer, or the appeal body.
  • An appeal can be made by any of the following:
    • employer
    • corporate director of a company
    • employee
    • third party
  • An employer and employee involved in an appeal are encouraged to come to a voluntary agreement at any point.

All appeals must be made in writing within 21 days of receiving a notice from Employment Standards.

Appeals by employees

Employees can appeal:

  • to the Director with respect to a decision that found no  earnings  owing:
    • the Director or a reviewing officer may review this appeal
  • to the appeal body regarding the following issues:
    • an order for payment of wages, overtime, general holiday pay, vacation pay or termination pay
    • a Director’s collection notice
    • a Director’s order for reinstatement or compensation

Appeals by employers

Employers can appeal to the appeal body regarding the following issues:

  • an order for payment of wages, overtime pay, general holiday pay, vacation pay or termination pay
  • a single employer declaration
  • a Director’s collection notice
  • a Director’s order for reinstatement or compensation
  • a notice of administrative penalty
  • a Director’s cancellation of an hours of work averaging agreement

An employer’s appeal of an order must include payment of the amount the employer is required to pay under the Employment Standards Code, which includes fees owed to the Minister of Finance and total amount owed to an employee.

The amount of the order plus applicable fees is held in trust pending the resolution of the appeal.

Appeals by corporate directors

Corporate directors may appeal a certificate received from Employment Standards to the appeal body. Valid reasons of appeal are that:

  • the person appealing wasn’t a director of the corporation at that time
  • the director reasonably believed the corporation could have paid the debt
  • the certificate was filed more than 2 years after the date the person ceased to be a director of the company

In order to be valid, an appeal of a certificate must include payment of the amount of the wages the corporate director, or former director, is required to pay for the employee as per the certificate.

The amount of the wages is held in trust pending the resolution of the appeal.

Filing an appeal

  • Whether appealing to the Director or the appeal body, an appeal form must:
    • be filed in writing with the Registrar of Appeals within 21 days of receipt of the document
    • clearly state the reasons for appeal and why an error is believed to have occurred
    • include any fees and amount(s) required to be paid (if applicable)
  • Appeals are reviewed in the order that they are  received.
  • The employer and employee (if applicable), or appellant, will be notified in writing whether the appeal is deemed valid or not.

After filing an appeal to an appeal body

For appeals to an appeal body, a notice of hearing will be sent to the parties providing them with the following information with respect to the hearing:

  • date
  • time
  • location

The parties are encouraged to participate in appeal meetings with an appeals officer prior to the hearing date to discuss the matter being appealed, review relevant documents provided as evidence and discuss a mediated resolution.

Hearings are held at the Labour Relations Board’s office before the appeal body. At a hearing, the parties present information under oath and may call upon witnesses to provide testimony.

Appeal body authority

If the appellant fails to appear at the hearing, the appeal body may:

  • declare the appeal abandoned, or
  • adjourn the matter

If any other person fails to appear at the hearing, the appeal body may adjourn the matter or proceed in the person’s absence.

The appeal body may:

  • receive evidence and request the attendance of witnesses
  • confirm, revoke or change anything that is the subject of the appeal
  • do anything the Director or officer could have done under the Employment Standards Code
  • order an employer or employee to attend an Employment Standards educational program
  • award costs

After hearing an appeal, the appeal body  issues a written decision  to the parties. There is no appeal of an appeal body’s decision.

After filing an appeal to the Director

Employee appeals of a decision that no earnings are owed to them are reviewed by the Director or a reviewing officer. Following the review, the decision may be confirmed or, if overturned, an order for payment of earnings may be issued.

How the law applies

Part 3, Division 4 of the Employment Standards Code provides more information on appeals. Sections of the Regulation also address rules and processes around appeals.

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

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