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CANADA – Alberta’s working hours – Everything you need to know? 

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CANADA – Alberta’s working hours – Everything you need to know?  

The Alberta Employment Standards Code is a set of laws that outlines the minimum standards for employment in the province of Alberta, Canada.

It covers a wide range of topics, such as hours of work, overtime, vacation pay, general holidays, and termination of employment, among others.

The purpose of the code is to establish fair and consistent standards for employers and employees in the province, ensuring that every worker is treated fairly and receives basic rights and protections.


Employment standards rules – Hours of work and rest

  • Basic rules
  • An employee may work a maximum of 12 hours a day unless an exception occurs.
  • An employee is entitled to one 30-minute paid or unpaid break after the first 5 hours of work for shifts that are between 5 and 10 hours long.
  • For shifts 10 hours or longer, an employee is entitled to two 30-minute breaks.
  • An employee is not entitled to any breaks if their shift is 5 hours or less.
  • If an employer and an employee agree, the break may be taken in 2 periods of at least 15 minutes.
  • Employees are entitled to at least one day of rest each work week.


 Working hours in Alberta!

  • While employers in Alberta are typically allowed to make minor changes to a non-unionized employee’s hours of work, a substantial decrease would require consent from the individual.
  • Exceptions: There are some situations where your boss might be able to make modifications to the terms of your employment without breaching your rights:
  • You signed an employment contract that gives the company the ability to alter your hours of work
  • Your employer gave you reasonable notice of the change
  • If significant adjustments are made to your hours of work without your approval, there is a very good chance that you can treat it as a constructive dismissal.
  • In this situation, the law allows you to resign and pursue full severance, which can be as much as 24 months’ pay.


Employment contract says my boss can reduce my hours of work, is that legal?

Employment contracts in Alberta can contain a clause that gives employers permission to modify a non-unionized employee’s hours of work.

If you signed an agreement that includes this type of clause, your boss may have the right to make the proposed changes.


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