Here at Workforce Compliance Safety, we had a question regarding how many hours a worker can work each day. While researching the answer (because many exceptions exist) I came across a great resource distributed by the Alberta Government (http://humanservices.alberta.ca/documents/Employment-Standards-Toolkit.pdf). © 2013, Government of Alberta, Alberta Human Services (paraphrased for non-commercial purposes)
Here are the highlights of this 96 page document. It covers what an employer must know to run a business and what every employee should know when working at a business! Keep in mind that each province has different rules.
An employee must get an annual vacation of at least two weeks after one year of employment. If the employer agrees to provide more than two weeks of vacation, that agreement becomes a greater benefit that will be enforced.
- There are some deductions that are not allowed, even with written authorization from the employee. Deductions that are not allowed include Faulty workmanship or Cash shortages or loss of property if an individual other than the employee had access to the cash or property.
- Employer tip! There are lots of ways to ensure that your employees know the consequences of breaking the rules. Here are a few:
-Develop an employee handbook and distribute it to all staff. Include information on vacation and general holidays, overtime, as well as disciplinary measures for misconduct. Post a copy of this handbook in a public place for all staff. Workforce Compliance Safety can assist you with the creation of a Company Specific Safety Program that includes disciplinary procedures.
-Issue warning letters. If an employee’s conduct becomes problematic, issue a warning letter describing the disciplinary action that will be taken if behaviour is not corrected.
- A written complaint can be made by an individual to an Employment Standards officer:
At any time during their employment, or within six months of termination of their employment.
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