HR Month in Review – October 2017: Alberta

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LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Minimum Wage
Oct. 1: The minimum wage rose from $12.20 to $13.60 on its way to $15 per hour a year from today. Others getting minimum wage hikes include salespersons from $486 to $542 per week and domestic employees from $2,316 to $2,582 per month.

Employment Standards
Jan. 1: Brace yourself for the sweeping changes to employment standards laws taking effect under Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act. Click here for an analysis of the key ESC changes.

Glass Ceiling
Sept. 20: The government launched a new 6-month pilot program in Calgary designed at creating leadership opportunities for women in academics, business development, construction and engineering. The dynamic: Volunteer mentors will provide aspiring women the advice and connections they need to advance.

Pensions—Filing Fees
Oct. 1: The Superintendent of Pensions cut the annual pension plan filing fee from $3.25 to $2.50 per plan member for annual information returns from Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. The minimum fee for the period is reduced to $250 and the maximum to $75,000.

Pensions—Filing Deadline
Oct. 1: The Superintendent extended the deadline to file Dec. 31, 2016 actuarial reports 6 months to March 31, 2018. The same 6-month extension applies to actuarial valuation reports due to be filed between Sept. 27, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.  Exception: The extensions don’t apply to Collectively Bargained Multi-Employer Plans.

Workplace Safety
Oct. 16: Alberta’s OHS laws are in for a major overhaul and stage 1 in the process ended today when hearings closed on an MOL discussion paper outlining potential changes, including:

  • Giving OHS officers greater powers to issue stop work orders and tickets
  • Requiring employers to provide notification of new projects
  • Beefing up workers’ protections against reprisals
  • Implementing special protections for young workers
  • Making employers do more to prevent occupational illnesses

Revising the COR/PIR program.