Message from the President: Defending your interests on Alberta's Workplace Legislation Review

Posted by: Kaitlyn Mason on April 27, 2017

Read this message from Chamber President and CEO, Adam Legge, to learn what your Calgary Chamber has been doing to advocate on your behalf during Alberta's Workplace Legislation Review process.

By now you may have heard that the Alberta Government is reviewing Alberta’s Labour Relations Code (LRC) and Employment Standards Code (ESC). Together, these acts legislate most of the employer-employee relationship, and changes to them would have far-reaching effects for our business community.

Because of that, we made it our mission to ensure your voice was heard by the government on how these changes could impact the continued success of your business.

Here is some of the advocacy work on this issue we have done so far:

  • On February 21st, we notified all Calgary Chamber members that workplace legislation changes were expected, and asked for concerned members to contact us.
  • On April 4th, after the government announced a five-week consultation period, we produced an in-depth blog, outlining the changes we believe the government intends to make. The Department of Labour neglected to share the full scope of the review. As such, we consulted with experts and compared the legislation of other provinces to determine where we might see amendments.
  • We asked members to complete surveys that explained the current legislations, the potential changes, and asked for feedback on likely impacts. We received 297 responses, which supported our official submissions to the Review.
  • On April 6th, Zoe Addington, Director of Policy and Government Relations, attended an invitation-only consultation with the Department of Labour on the Employment Standards Code.
  • On April 10th, we wrote to the Minister of Labour requesting the consultation period be extended beyond the five-week period. We expressed our disappointment with the lack of specifics as to the scope of the review, the absence of business consultation, and the hasty timeline. 
  • On April 13th, we launched a new tool to allow members to quickly and easily send a prepared letter to their MLA, expressing their concerns. By the April 18th review period cut off, 85 letters were sent. 
  • Using the feedback gathered from the survey responses, and through direct consultation with union-represented members, we developed a robust submission on each of the acts.

Although the official consultation period closed on April 18, we will continue to work on your behalf and keep you informed as the government introduces legislation, works on regulations and starts to implement any changes. We will keep working with the Alberta Government to help make it easier for you to run a business, not harder.

Rest assured, we've got your back.

Adam Legge is the President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber.