Alberta employers face new leaves

Shorter eligibility period, cumulative effect could be challenging: Experts
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/10/2018
Calgary
Alberta employers would be short-sighted to think there won’t be much of an impact from the province’s new unpaid leaves, or revisions to existing ones, says one employment lawyer. Credit: Todd Roll (Reuters)

With the arrival of the new year, Alberta employers have plenty on their plates, what with changes to the province’s regulations around health and safety, workers’ compensation, labour relations and employment standards.

When it comes to the new standards, there are several new unpaid leaves and provisions that will definitely have an impact. So if employers are not yet prepared, they should get started, say experts.

The number of leaves is substantial, as Alberta catches up to many of the other provinces, said Birch Miller, a partner at Blakes in Calgary.