Take part in Alberta labour review to prevent more cost increases

Published April 7, 2017

Restaurants Canada urges you to speak up during Alberta’s Workplace Legislation Review, as it could have implications for you. For example:

  • the employment standards review could lead to anti-business changes such as more expensive statutory holiday pay eligibility requirements, and greater banked overtime from straight time to time and half; and
  • the labour Review could lead to replacing union certification secret ballot votes with a card check certification system and common employer union contract provisions.

What we’re doing
Restaurants Canada participated in a full day Employment Standards Review consultation on April 6. We had previously met with the Minister of Labour to share the deep impact Alberta’s aggressive minimum wage policy (including removal of the liquor server wage) has had on the industry. We told him that industry employment fell 3.8%, with 4,700 lost jobs last year.

See what else we told the Minister of Labour.

Complete the survey or send a letter
We urge members to complete the Employment Standards survey or send the Minister of Labour a letter, after determining any red tape and cost implications, by April 18. Complete the survey.

Strength in numbers: It’s important that you provide your input, so the government receives responses from as many businesses as possible.

We can help you
Some members have asked Restaurants Canada for guidance on how best to answer the online survey. Contact Restaurants Canada’s Mark von Schellwitz for a guide to help you answer the survey and a template letter to the Minister of Labour. Share your feedback, and we can add it into into our official submission before April 18.

Other ways to make a difference
Restaurants Canada is also a member of the Alberta Growth Initiative, which recently launched a “Keep Alberta Working” campaign to educate Albertans about the potential impact of upcoming changes to labour laws. We urge you to support the campaign. To find out how you can participate in the campaign and electronic petition, visit the Alberta Growth Initiative and Facebook page.




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