The first major overhaul of Alberta's workplace rules in almost 30 years is being welcomed by more than just the workers who will benefit directly.
Among other things, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act mandates that overtime be 1.5 times the usual wage instead of the current hour for hour.
"Anytime there's a change that recognizes that perhaps Albertans aren't being paid fairly, like someone working in this place here is getting overtime and someone over here isn't getting overtime, any of those kind of changes are good," remarked Cathie Clift, a career advisor with MH Enterprises in Drumheller.
The new rules also cover vacation and holiday pay and employee leave.
"I think for an employee, anytime the rules are laid down in black and white and are part of legislation, it does give them some strength if they have a case, like 'the rules say you can't fire me if I have to go home and take care of my kid," added Clift. "It gives people a little bit of power."
"We assume that all employers follow the rules, but anytime that there is legislation put in black and white like this, we just feel it gives Albertans a better opportunity to remain employed and protects their rights a bit too," she concluded.
The Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act goes into effect throughout Alberta on January 1, 2018.