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  • Conner Lantz
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    Are there any different labor laws in Alberta regarding temporary employees?
    We are looking at bringing on an employee that started out as an intern.
    Can an employee be as and when needed?
    Can the end date be undetermined? If not, if we were to do 3 months at 3 days/week, how would this work at the end of the term? Would there have to pay termination notice / in lieu of notice pay should it end? I know probationary period is 3 months so no notice at that point, but anything after that. What about if we need to extend the term?

    Conner Lantz
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    Yes, employees can be hired on a casual basis, i.e. the employer offers a shift and it may or may not be accepted by the employee. There is no obligation to pay casual employees unless they accept and work a shift.
    You can have an employment contract that does not have an end date, but then the 90 probationary period in the AB employment standards would apply and notice would be required after 90 days.
    You can have a fixed term of up to 12 months. No notice would be required, so long as the person does not continue working past the 12 month threshold.
    Such fixed term contracts can be repeated, but the problem is that if this is a pattern that repeats too often, there is the risk that these will be seen as one continuous period of employment, subject to notice requirements.
    Hope that helps. Glenn

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