The Alberta Government has released a Ministerial Order temporarily amending employment standards legislation to deal with the practical implications arising from COVID-19.
Employment standards statutes in each Canadian jurisdiction contain special provisions for minimum termination notice or pay in lieu thereof, which apply when a prescribed number of employees will be terminated within a particular timeframe.
We have been advising frequently on this topic lately for our Western Canadian clients. When planning a restructuring, it is easy for an employer to inadvertently overlook statutory mass termination provisions. Here is a quick reference:
In Alberta, under the Employment Standards Code, an employer who intends to terminate 50 or more employees at a single location within a 4-week period must give 4 weeks’ written notice to the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour. The form of notice is available online at work.alberta.ca
Alternatively, if an employer is unable to complete the form, it may send a notice of the group termination to the following address:
The notice must specify the number of employees who will be terminated and the effective date. However, … Continue reading “Mass termination provisions in Alberta and Saskatchewan”