Status: Bill 2 introduced May 27, 2019
Ministry responsible: Labour and Immigration

Overview

Bill 2: An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business includes changes to general holiday pay, overtime and labour relations.

If passed, Bill 2 would help restore fairness and balance to the workplace and encourage job-creators to invest in Alberta.

General holiday pay and banked overtime changes

If passed, Bill 2 would:

  • return to a holiday pay qualifying period of 30 work days in the last 12 months before a general holiday
  • return to regular / irregular workday distinctions:
    • If a holiday falls on a day that is normally a workday for the employee and they worked on the holiday, they are still entitled to the same amount of general holiday pay as before. There are two options for paying employees holiday pay:
      • The employee gets 1.5 times their regular wage for hours worked and average daily wage.
      • The employee gets their regular wage rate for hours worked and average daily wage with one day off work.
    • If a holiday falls on a day that is normally a workday for the employee and the employee did not work on the holiday, they are entitled to their average daily wage.
    • If a holiday falls on a day that is not normally a workday for the employee and they work on the holiday, they are still entitled to 1.5 times their regular wage rate for hours worked.
    • If the holiday falls on a day that is not normally a workday for the employee and the employee did not work on the holiday, they are not entitled to general holiday pay.
  • give employers and employees the option to develop straight-time banked hours arrangements and repeal Flexible Averaging Agreements (proposed changes to overtime banking mean these agreements would no longer be needed)

Labour relations changes

If passed, Bill 2 would:

  • restore the mandatory secret ballot for all union certification votes
  • return to a 90-day period for unions to provide evidence of employee support for certification
  • establish a program to support and assist employees to better understand and exercise their rights under labour legislation
  • strengthen rules that coordinate employment-related complaints when these complaints involve multiple forums

Next steps

If passed:

  • general holiday pay and banked overtime changes would take effect on September 1, 2019
  • labour relations changes would come into effect upon receiving Royal Assent
  • supports for employees would be in place by October 1, 2019

News

Alberta is open for business (May 27, 2019)