Learn the code

Employment standards set minimum rules for conditions of employment in our province. These include hours of work, overtime, holidays, minimum wage and rules for employing youth.

  • Rules, regulations and compliance measures for employers and employees in Alberta workplaces.
  • Employees under 18 years old have specific rules under Alberta’s laws.
  • Learn more about employment standards through information sessions, interactive webinars, eLearning sessions or download publications.

Short-term leaves

Under Alberta's laws, workers can take time off without fear of losing their job if they're sick, mourning the loss of a loved one or dealing with family violence.

Long-term leaves

Job-protected, unpaid leaves of absence allow employees to take time off of work for personal reasons without worrying about having a job when they return. Employees are eligible for most leaves after 90 days of service.

Hours, breaks, wages and overtime

Stat holidays and vacation pay

Standards for vacation and holiday pay.

Layoffs and termination pay

Rules regarding temporary layoffs and termination.

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

Administration and enforcement

Learn about exceptions to minimum standards for specific industries, how to apply for a permit or variance and how the Employment Standards Code is enforced.

  • Special provisions to the employment standards are in place for employees of specific industries.
  • Employer groups or associations may apply for a youth employment permit and to vary or exempt any minimum standard.
  • Audits and inspections may be conducted to check if rules are being followed. Employers who fail to comply may face penalties.
  • Employees can file a complaint or anonymous tip if employers don't meet minimum standards. Requests can be made to appeal a decision.
  • List of employers in contravention of employment standards with unpaid penalties and judgments and certificates against corporate directors.
  • Employment standards changes for farms and ranches come into effect on January 31, 2020.