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Alberta employers considering random drug and alcohol testing in unionized and safety sensitive environments have been waiting for the Alberta Court of Appeal’s (“ABCA”) decision in Suncor Energy Inc. v Unifor Local 707A (“Suncor”). ...

On January 1, 2018, major changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code will come into force.  Employers should be aware of the changes and examine policies and payroll practices to determine what updates are required....

Dylan Snowdon

When your employment is terminated, and you are considering whether or not to accept a payment being offered in lieu of notice, there are some key elements you should think about.

First, you should review your written employment contact or of...

Lauren A. Barteluk

Your employer has laid off many of your colleagues; but not you. Instead, your employer informs you that it is cutting your pay, increasing your hours, or changing your job duties. What options do you have? 

As an employer, financ...

The Globe and Mail recently published a news article concerning a May 17th, 2016 ruling by the Alberta Court of Appeal regarding assisted death....

Matthew Tomm

With Hryniak v. Mauldin, 2014 SCC 7, the Supreme Court of Canada ushered in a new paradigm for the law of summary judgment. The case holds that summary judgment rules must be interpreted to promote timely and affordable access to civil justi...

Joseph Oppenheim

The importance of human rights legislation in employment of disabled people

Common law rights of employers are restricted by human rights legislation. The Alberta Human Rights Act prohibits certain discriminatory employmen...