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Alberta Provincial Payroll Information

This page provides specific provincial payroll information for the province of Alberta. Click one of the links below to move directly to the corresponding section. To view Federal information, please click here.

Hours of work Leaves Holidays Terminations Worker's Compensation
Pay Statements Minimum Wages Minimum Age Vacationable Earnings  
  • TD1 - Basic Personal Amount - Every person employed in Alberta and every pensioner residing in Alberta can claim the personal exemption amount of $17,787 for 2014.
  • Federal Basic Exemption - The Federal Basic Exemption amount is $11,138 for 2014.

Note: This information is meant to serve as a guide only. Readers are encouraged to consult the full legislation of the Alberta Employment Standards Code using one or more of the following resources:


Hours of Work

The type of employee excluded from this legislature are management, chartered accountants, licensed real estate agents, automobile salesmen, farm workers, etc.

Period Rate
Maximum 8.00 hours/day or 48.00 hours/week
Minimum 3.00 hours/shift or *2.00 hours/shift
* ** Exclude statutory hours from overtime calculation and reduce the work week by the statutory hours
Overtime Hours in excess of 8.00 hours/day or 44.00 hours/week
Overtime Rate 1 and 1/2 times the employee's regular rate of pay
Compressed Work Week Maximum of 12.00 hours/day or 44.00 hours/week
Break Period 1/2 hour per consecutive 5 hours worked
Rest Period One day of rest for each week or work.

* if employed as school bus driver, student under 18 working outside school hours, or on part-time basis in recreational, community service or other related organizations.

Leaves

Maternity Leave
Time with Employer twelve consecutive months
Required Notice 6 weeks
Length of Leave 15 weeks taken no sooner than 12 weeks before the expected birth with a minimum of six weeks after birth.
Paid No
   
Parental Leave
Time with Employer 12 consecutive months
Required Notice 6 weeks
Length of Leave 37 consecutive weeks taken any time within the 52-week period following the birth or care and custody of the child (born or adopted), immediately following the pregnancy leave.
Extension of Leave no specification at this time
Benefits Maintained No
   
Voting Leave
Time with Employer N/A
Required Notice N/A
Length of Leave three consecutive hours
Paid Yes
 
Compassionate Care Leave
Time with Employer 52 consecutive weeks of employment whether full-time or part-time
Required Notice At least two weeks prior to the leave, employee must supply a medical certificate stating family member has a medical condition with risk of death within 26 weeks.
Length of Leave 8 weeks within the 26-week window as established by the medical certificate. A leave may be broken into two different periods with each being at least one week in length.
Paid Six weeks of Employment Insurance benefits may be paid to EI eligible employees.

Statutory Holidays in Alberta

Holiday 2014 2015 2016
New Year's Day Wed., Jan. 01 Thu., Jan. 01 Fri., Jan. 01
Alberta Family Day Mon, Feb. 17 Mon, Feb. 16 Mon, Feb. 15
Good Friday Fri., Apr. 18 Fri., Apr. 03 Fri., Mar. 25
Victoria Day Mon., May. 19 Mon., May 18 Mon., May 23
Canada Day Tue., July 01 Wed., Jul. 01 Fri., Jul. 01
Labour Day Mon., Sep. 01 Mon., Sep. 07 Mon., Sep. 05
Thanksgiving Day Mon., Oct. 13 Mon., Oct. 12 Mon., Oct. 10
Remembrance Day Tue., Nov. 11 Wed., Nov. 11 Fri., Nov. 11
Christmas Day Thu., Dec. 25 Fri., Dec. 25 Sun., Dec. 25

In accordance with the Canadian Labour Standards code, if a statutory holiday is worked during a regularly scheduled work day an employee must receive their regular rate of pay plus time and a half for all the hours worked. Or an employee can take regular wages for the time worked and then receive a day off with pay on a later day before his or her next annual vacation.

* In addition to the federal holidays above, the province recognizes a provincial statutory holiday called Family Day. Family Day, which falls on the third Monday in February, is not necessarily granted in the case of people employed in the retail industry. In this case it is the employer's decision to grant the day off. If the day off is not granted then the employer must grant another day off in place of Family Day.

Termination Notice

Individual and Group Terminations
Length of Employment Statutory Notice Required
3 months or less None
Between 3 months and 2 years 1 week
Between 2 years and 4 years 2 weeks
Between 4 years and 6 years 4 weeks
Between 6 years and 8 years 5 weeks
Between 8 years and 10 years 6 weeks
10 years or more 8 weeks

The Employment Standards Code, RSA, states minimum statutory notice requirements. A terminated employee may be legally entitled to receive more than the minimum notice or pay in lieu required by the statute.

Required Notice - Group Termination - Group terminations apply to a group of 50 employees or more. The requirement for notice is the same as for individual employee terminations.

Worker's Compensation

The Maximum Assessable Earnings amount for 2014 is $92,300. The deadline for submission is the last day of February.

Included
Bonuses Moving allowances (if taxable)
Commissions Pay in lieu of notice
Call in pay Regular salary or wages/overtime
Call back pay Shift premium
Car allowances (if taxable) Sick pay (paid during year)
Clothing allowances (if taxable) Standby pay
Gifts (cash) Short-term disability paid by the employer
Gratuities Temporary lay-off with pay
Long-term disability paid by the employer Travel allowances (if taxable)
Maternity with pay Vacation pay/statutory holiday pay
 
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging Provincial medical
Company car RRSP/Stock options (if taxable)
Life insurance WCB top-up
Loans  
 
Excluded
Directors' fees Severance pay
Private health care WCB award
Retiring allowance Sick pay (payout on termination)

Pay Statements

For Alberta there is no legislation on the frequency at which pay periods should take place. The employee must receive their pay on an established regular basis. By legislation, Alberta pay statements must contain the following (though employers may include additional items):

Pay statement inclusions
Regular wages Lieu of notice pay
Overtime wages Statutory, public, general and holiday pay hours
Pay period dates Overtime rate and wages and overtime hours banked and taken
Total regular hours worked Itemized Deductions
Wage rate Vacation pay

Minimum Wage in Alberta

The province of Alberta has various wage rate standards as follows:

Parties Applicable Wage Rate
General $10.20
Specified salespersons $406.00 Weekly
Domestic living in employer’s residence $1,937.00 Monthly
Employee serving liquor $9.20

Minimum Age

With the written permission of a parent or guardian adolescents age 12 to 14 may be hired to work:

  • as a delivery person of such items as newspapers or flyers and hand bills
  • in a retail store as a clerk, or delivery person
  • in an office as an office clerk or messenger
  • certain jobs in the restaurant and food service industry (with restrictions)

They must not work any hours from 9:00pm to 6:00am and they can work a maximum of two hours on a school day and eight hours on any other day.

An employer may not hire a person of age 15 to (and including) age 17 to work between midnight and 6:00 a.m. in connection with hotels, gas stations or retail stores selling drinks, food or any other products. And may only work at these places between 9:00 p.m. and midnight if supervised at all times by someone of age 18 or older.

With the written permission from a parent or guardian a person age 15 to (and including) age 17 may work under the supervision of an adult in nursing or care homes, hospitals, or manufacturing plants.

Vacationable Earnings

Inclusions and Exclusions
Included
Work related bonuses (cash) Commissions earned by a route salesman
Call in pay Previously paid vacation pay (if employer has already paid out on each pay)
Call back pay Regular salary/wages/retroactive
Commissions earned at employer's premises Shift premium
 
Taxable Benefits such as:
Board & lodging
 
Excluded
Allowances (Car, clothing, moving, travel) Severance/Plant severance
Discretionary bonuses (cash) Sick pay - Sick days
Commissions earned away from employer's premises Standby pay
Directors' fees Statutory - Company Holidays (floaters)
Gifts (cash or in kind) Statutory - General Holidays
Overtime pay Tips and Gratuities
Pay in lieu of notice/Termination pay Retiring allowance (lump sum and installments)
Profit Sharing  
 
Taxable Benefits:
Company car and parking Loans
Life Insurance Provincial Medical

Vacation Entitlement
Length of employment Entitlement
1 to 4 years 2 weeks or 4%
5 years or more 3 weeks or 6%

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