Alberta aims for its first employment standards and labour relations code update in 30 years
Alberta Employment Law Update

Alberta has joined Ontario in starting a thorough review of its Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. The provincial government is currently seeking input and suggestions from Albertans, with some of the key focus placed on these areas:

  • Maternity, paternal and compassionate care leaves
  • Collective bargaining
  • A potential leave for the care of critically ill children

For more insight and details on Alberta's employment legislation review, check out Yosie Saint-Cyr's recent article on HRinfodesk®. Non-subscribers can try this service for free to view the article. We will continue to provide updates on the review as news becomes available.

HR and payroll updates

We've recently added and updated content for the following topics in The Human Resources Advisor™ (HRA).

Bonus and Incentive Plans

While bonus and incentive plans are a great way to foster positive and productive employment relationships, there are several factors you should consider before implementing them, such as the payment of bonuses, taxability issues, deductions and reporting of bonuses and incentive plans.

Find out more in the Benefits and Allowances section under Payroll and Benefits. Speaking of bonus plans...

Structuring Bonuses

Commentary has been added to Pay Administration under Pay Structure and Administration to explain the factors that define discretionary and non-discretionary bonuses. The latest update to this section also includes best practices for how to address bonuses in an employment contract and—if applicable—the requirements under employment and labour standards.

Also, commentary was added to Termination under Termination without cause under the Bonus Entitlements at the Time of Termination discussion.

Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)

Is a BYOD program right for your organization? Look in HRA for the Bring Your Own Devices Policy section under Employee Relations for the latest commentary on the subject.

Allowing employees to use their own devices for work can be a convenient arrangement for both employee and employer, but there are significant privacy challenges and risks, particularly when personal and professional use overlap.

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policies needed for due diligence

The law might not require policies on the above workplace issues, but these policies can still protect your organization against legal action and fines and improve employees' and managers' understanding of their rights and responsibilities.

Find out which policies are required by law and recommended for best practice in our new free whitepaper, Getting Started with the 11 HR Policies Required By Law (Plus 20 More that are Essential for Due Diligence).

Download your free copy here!

There's a statutory holiday around the corner
statutory holidays

Easter weekend is creeping up and employers may be asking what they have to do for employees.

  • Can I choose which day employees will get in substitution for a statutory holiday?
  • How does working part-time affect statutory holiday entitlements?
  • When does an employee get premium pay or a substituted day off for working on a statutory holiday?
  • What are the other statutory holidays in Ontario?

Clear and helpful answers for the questions listed above and more can be found in our compliance guide, Statutory holiday rules in Ontario. Learn more about our guide here.


5 mistakes employers make when training
software end-users

Avoid these end-user training mistakes to ensure your employees or suppliers effectively use new software you provide them.

  1. Don't plan for training upfront
  2. Don't understand your audience
  3. Don't follow standards training models
  4. Don't focus training on the business context
  5. Don't forge business partnerships

We've just updated the end-user training sample policy in Information Technology PolicyPro® with detailed procedures, a checklist of training objectives and more. Look in section IT 12.02 to find out how the policy can help you provide the training your employees need to perform their jobs effectively, save time, and avoid the countless potential risks associated with misuse of software and other digital assets.

If you'd like more information, but you're not a subscriber, you can find out more and start a free trial here.

Upcoming dates for minimum wage increases
minimum wage

The general minimum wage rate for several provinces and territories will be increasing in 2017, with some changes taking effect next month. Jurisdictions with planned increases to minimum wage this year include:

  • Alberta: October 1
  • British Columbia: September 15
  • New Brunswick: April 1
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: April 1 and October 1
  • Nova Scotia: April 1
  • Prince Edward Island: April 1
  • Quebec: May 1
  • Yukon: April 1

Employers and those working in payroll will need to adjust their pay policies and payroll budgets to ensure employees are paid the proper wage as of the effective date.

PaySource® contains details on wage increases for every jurisdiction, including planned increases for overtime and other special wages. Just look for the Minimum Wages section under Employment Standards.

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Accessibility standards update

Accessibility Standards PolicyPro® (ASPP) has been updated to help employers meet their obligations under the AODA Employment Standards. These policies are essential to complying with the requirements and they include invaluable forms:

  • Policy 5.02 – Recruitment, assessment and selection now includes a form to guide you on notifying employees and the public that you will accommodate the needs of people with disabilities in your hiring process
  • Policy 5.03 – Return to work includes a template for a return-to-work process and plan
  • Policy 5.08 – Documented individual accommodation plans includes a sample individualized accommodation plan employers can customize

Check out these new features today!

Not a subscriber? Take a free no-obligation trial for 30 days and get full access to these policies and dozens of others required for accessibility compliance.


Trending topics

Ontario employers can learn more about when a resignation is really a resignation at the Ontario Employment Law Conference on June 20, 2017. Find out more at


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