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Changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards include farms and ranches

By: RealAgriculture News Team

December 30, 2017

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The Government of Alberta is making some resolutions for the new year. As of January 1, 2018, farm and ranch owners will have some new Employment Standards rules to abide by.

The changes are part of Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, and will apply to farms and ranches that “employ waged, non-family employees.”

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The rules will see employees granted four days of rest for every 28 days. Employees will also be subject to existing employment standards, including (but not limited to):

From the Alberta Government’s Employment Standards – Farms and Ranches poster.

As of May 1, 2018, the rules will expand to those employing youth, with exceptions around “youth involved in household chores or activities, such as 4-H or branding parties,” as they are not considered employees.

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For other jobs, according to the Employment Standards – Farms and Ranches poster, youth:

Alberta Labour will define hazardous work and update the list of allowable light work jobs. Those not listed will require a permit.

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The provincial government says it intends to host agriculture-specific webinars in the New Year.

For more detail, head to Alberta’s Employment Standards.

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