Alberta and AFL dispute ESC enforcement approach

Province relies on complaint-driven regime; unions demand broader compliance ‘blitzes’
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/26/2011

Alberta is following the trend of several other provinces by tweaking its Employment Standards Code (ESC) enforcement.

But in a province with an acute labour shortage and an influx of foreign and out-of-province workers, the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) says the improvements don’t go far enough.

In addition to hiring six new enforcement officers, Alberta has also created an employment standards “toolkit” for employers, hired third-party auditors for complex investigations and created an online complaint form.