Update December 12, 2018
Bill 30 Update: Request for Clarity on the Requirements for Work Site Safety & Care Worker Focused Inspections
ALIGN E.D. Update December 12, 2018 -Bill 30 and its requirements have been challenging for everyone. We have asked for some clarity on the requirements for work site and safety committees and representatives. https://www.alberta.ca/work-site-health-safety-committees.aspx. Specific to your concerns about employers with multiple work sites, the approvals process is outlined on the webpage (bottom) or I will post on our website. If there are still questions please send them to me and I will get assistance for you. Yesterday ALIGN and ACDS met with the Ministry of Labor regarding the current Care Worker Focused inspections. We clearly outlined some of the concerns we have heard including the inconsistencies, threats of fines, questions about placements, etc. We were able to have them stop/complete the inspection process. Only those that are currently open will be followed up on and there will be no more in this round. We are told that there is a group of inspectors that have been assigned to this sector. In light of that, ACDS, ALIGN and the 2 ministries have offered to provide the inspectors some insight into the sector, how it works and who the clients are. We hope to do that in January and then we expect to have a debrief session on this current round of inspections later in February.
Update Nov 2018
Bill 30: Mental Health Services Protection Act has been introduced to put standards in place to ensure residential treatment facilities are licensed and health service providers are appropriately trained and regulated.
Creating new regulations and standards for service providers and treatment facilities supports one of the key actions recommended in Valuing Mental Health: Next Steps and was informed by input received during public engagement activities held last summer.
Protecting Albertans through mental health support (Nov. 27, 2018)
Update October 19, 2018
Letter from ALIGN Association to The Honorable Rachel Notley Re: Bill 17 and Bill 30
The Honorable Rachel Notley,
We want to commend you on leading your party, as government, for a full term and look forward to another term of the NDP next spring. We appreciate your efforts in implementing a number of initiatives for the human services sector and the vulnerable Albertans we serve. As you are aware, ALIGN represents a number of agencies that contract with Children Services to provide a range of services from community support to campus based residential treatment care and everywhere in between. ALIGN also represents Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) agencies.
Over the last year, implementation of Bill 17 and Bill 30 have had some unforeseen and unintended consequences for workers in this sector. While the intention is admirable, the added costs of providing service with respect to the changes required in each piece of legislation are unintentionally prohibitive. ..Read Full Letter
Excerpt: Bill 17 – The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act
We have been working along with Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) and Alberta Home Visitation Network Association (AHVNA) and the Ministries of Community and Social Services, Children’s Services and Labour to explore regulatory options to changes in overtime requirements in Bill 17. During that time, numerous options were explored and some moments of frustration occurred as well as conflicting information and false starts. We have advocated for the flexibility required to manage the issue. Through meeting with the three Deputy Ministers we have arrived at a confirmation that the existing Caregiver Exemption should be interpreted broadly and applied to most direct service roles across Child Intervention, Home Visitation, PDD and FSCD. As a result of our negotiations and the legislative requirements, and nature of staffing for 24/7 operations, there has been significant added costs for statutory pay and overtime. Many agencies have had to stop offering… Read Full Letter
Excerpt Bill 30 – An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans
We continue to discuss the impact and concerns related to changes to OHS requirements in Bill 30 with Ministry officials at Community and Social Services, Children Services and Alberta Labour including the human resource, administrative and financial impacts. Those issues include OHS expectations related to violence, right to refuse work, supervisory expectations and Health and Safety Committees. Although we support the intent and spirit of the legislation it has created some unexpected financial hardships. We have shared our concerns with ministry officials regarding these requirements and the challenges regarding recruitment, retention and training needs as well as the potential for an employer to have numerous smaller “worksites”. Alberta Labour has confirmed that..Read Full Letter
Update August 1, 2018
Employment Standards in Alberta – Averaging Agreements Aug 29, 2018 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Employment Standards in Alberta – Hours of Work and Pay Aug 30, 2018 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Employment Standards in Alberta – General Holidays, General Holiday Pay and Vacations Sep 11, 2018 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Overview of Alberta’s Employment Standards Code Sep 27, 2018 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Update June 6, 2018
Alberta Health and Safety News June 2018
The following new bulletins will help guide you through the new legislative requirements. Lots of new information and resources!
Update May 28, 2018
Alberta Government News Release: New rules mean safer workplaces May 28, 2018
Update May 17, 2018
Bill 30: Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans OHS Act Changes presented by the Ministry of Labor at the annual membership meeting May 4, 2018
ALIGN has some good news to share with our member agencies. We were successful in obtaining a 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Innovation and Engagement Grant in partnership with the Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) from the Ministry of Labour to provide free training to representatives of member agencies who are interested in developing and implementing a formal Health and Safety Management System.
With the many changes brought about by Bill 17 in January 2018, and the amendments coming to the Occupational Health and Safety Act on June 1, 2018 through Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans; agencies will have had many new things to learn and become educated in as well as continuing to do the necessary every day work of supporting Alberta’s most vulnerable children and families.
Learn more about our partners and what this means to your agency: Read full ALIGN OHS Training Grant Memo Spring 2018pdf
Alberta Government New Resources
Alberta Labour in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed a free introductory course for Alberta residents to help committee co-chairs and representatives
Learn about changes to Alberta’s OHS Act through interactive webinars.
OHS Publications Online Store contains OHS bulletins, fact sheets, manuals and other health and safety documents for workers, employers and prime contractors.
Do you need a joint work site health and safety committee or representative on multiple work sites?
Alberta Government Health and Safety eNews Special Edition 2018
As you know, last fall the Government of Alberta made important changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. These changes provide Albertans with the same rights that Canadians across the province already had ,and were the first significant updates in decades. On June 1, those changes will come into force. If you have questions, go to Ask An Expert or call the Contact Centre toll-free at 1-866-415-8690.
ALIGN will be completing the survey – if member agencies have any questions please email email@example.com
Albertans can provide written submissions until April 9, 2018. Specific rules regarding harassment and violence, as well as training and operation of the joint work site health and safety committees, will be added to OHS regulations on June 1.
- Highlights of OHS changes (PDF, 159 KB)
- Sign up for an OHS webinar
- OHS regulations consultation
- OHS changes
- WCB Employer Fact Sheet New Legislation—Know Your Obligations March 2018
Correspondence to ALIGN E.D. from Alberta Labour re Bill 30 March 2018
Dear Rhonda Barraclough,
Last year the Government of Albertatook an important step in improvingthe health and safety of workingAlbertans by modernizing the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act) and aligning Alberta’s approach to workplace safety with that of other Canadian jurisdictions. With valuable input from a wide range of industry and labour stakeholders, as well as ordinary Albertans, the new Act comes into force on June 1, 2018.
The new Act contains provisions on harassment and violence, and requires that many Albertan work sites have a joint work site health andsafety committee or a health andsafety representative. Thesechanges better reflect the way that Albertans work, as well as the hazards that they face on the job. They also bring to our province the best practices and requirements for health and safety from the rest of Canada; however, regulatory changes are needed to give full effect to these new provisions.
You/your organization is invited to provide written feedback on proposed regulation (see attachment) for workplace harassment and violence, as well as for the establishment, functions, and training for joint work site health and safety committees and health and safety representatives.
This Discussion Guide with proposed content is available here. You may also view the Discussion Guide at Labour website. Please fill out the questions in the attached guide and email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 9, 2018.
Your input will help to ensure that Alberta’s OHS legislation is clear, comprehensive, and meaningful. Thank you in advance for participating and helping to make Alberta the best place to live and work in Canada.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Lenore Neudorf Assistant Deputy Minister Strategy and Policy Alberta Labour