What is the Ministry of Labour?
The Ministry of Labour and its agencies are responsible for regulating Alberta’s workplaces and ensuring the labour laws are fair and modern.
Responsibilities of the Ministry of Labour
The Ministry is responsible for the following agencies:
- Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) is an independent and impartial tribunal. The ALRB is accountable for administering, interpreting and enforcing Alberta’s labour laws.
- Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is a separate entity accountable to the Minister. The WCB is responsible for administering Alberta’s workers’ compensation system and delivering workers’ compensation services to employees and employers in the province.
- Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation is the final level of appeal for workers and employers who disagree with a WCB decision.
Together, these agencies strive to protect workers and their rights. Each agency is responsible for administering and enforcing legislation, education, and a compliance system. Each agency must align with both the strategic direction of the Ministry of Labour and the Government of Alberta.
Understanding the Ministry of Labour as a Small Business Owner
When it comes to owning a small business, you must recognize, understand, and comply with the rules and regulations established by the Ministry of Labour. This includes legislation around workplace health and safety, employment standards, and employee rights. While this is essential to a business of any size, small business owners are at a higher risk of loss.
With that, the Ministry of Labour has a key initiative to protect workers with a modern and balanced labour environment. This means providing a safe, fair, and healthy workplace. What are you doing to ensure your business is set up for success? Ask Employer Line’s team of HR professionals for advice. We’re here to help prepare, prevent, and proceed with business as usual.
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