Workplace Rights

Minimum wage, holiday pay, being laid off or fired, maternity leave, discrimination, starting a union: these are just some of the issues that arise in the workplace. This section deals with laws about employment standards, employment insurance, human rights, temporary foreign workers and unionized workplaces.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.


CPLEA Suggested Resources

Not sure where to begin finding answers to your questions. Get started with our suggested resources. See additional resources below for more information.

Alberta Resources

This publication is for workers who want to know more about employment rules in the Alberta workplace. It discusses legislation covering workers, their rights before starting a job, their rights and responsibilities on the job, and leaving the job temporarily or permanently. Information is provided on employment standards, workplace health and safety, human rights and workers' compensation. Key contacts and resources for Alberta employees are also included. (PDF – 40 pages)

Related legal topic(s): Workers' rights and employment standards

Canada/Federal

The Canadian Human Rights Act gives each of us an equal opportunity to work and live without being hindered by discriminatory practices. The Canadian Human Rights Commission is responsible to investigate and try to settle complaints of discrimination in employment and in the provision of services by federally regulated organizations. Information is provided about which organizations these are, and about the nature of discrimination and harassment and what can be done.
Related legal topic(s): Harassment, Human rights, Racism, Workers' rights and employment standards

Employment Insurance (EI) provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, while they look for work or upgrade their skills.

Canadians who are sick, pregnant, or caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as those who must care for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death or who must provide care or support to their critically ill or injured child may also be assisted by Employment Insurance.

Related legal topic(s): Federal government departments, Loss of employment

CPLEA Resources

This website is meant to make a traditionally complex area of knowledge easier to understand and more accessible. Many Albertan women will benefit from this resource, including those who are new to the English language, have no background in the law, those who cannot afford legal advice and those in remote communities without internet access. Although it is not meant to replace expert advice the resource is a starting place and a guide for women who don’t know where to look.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Custody and access, Family law general resources, Health issues, Landlord and tenant

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