The new year is just a few days old but working Albertans are already getting more protection at their job.
Back in June, the provincial government passed their Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, which allowed them to update the employment standards code.
The big change comes to sick days, as employees will be allowed to miss work for an illness without losing their job.
Workers will also get more protection when they need to take a leave from work due to an illness, child, bereavement, death of a family member, and more.
Also, If you’re asked to work overtime, under the new changes, you will earn no less than 1.5 times your current wage.
“Albertans deserve fair and family-friendly workplaces that support a strong economy and ensure they can take care of their loved ones. After nearly 30 years of inaction by the previous government, Alberta’s laws were out of date and out of step with the rest of Canada,” said Christina Gray, Minister of Labour, in a release.
“I’m proud that our government brought forward these modern, fair and balanced laws that protect the rights of hard-working Albertans, support their families and help businesses stay competitive.”
There will also be a new penalty system for employers who don’t follow these new rules.
Meanwhile, new changes for youth employment will also be brought in with it most likely happening in May.