LABOR LAW NEWS
Alberta Increases Minimum Wage to $15
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By Kelsey Basten
Published on October 9, 2018
Alberta, Canada, has increased their minimum wage to $15 from $13.60, effective Oct. 1, 2018. This increase is now the highest minimum wage in the country. Alberta has been gradually increasing its minimum wage rate since Oct. 2016.
There is a set of employees that are exempt from the $15 rate, and instead entitled to a minimum weekly or monthly amount. These employees must be paid at least 3 hours of pay at the minimum wage rate each time they go to work, even if they are sent home after less than 3 hours. The exception is if the employee is not able to work the 3 hours due to a personal circumstance.
The following employees are entitled to a weekly minimum wage of $598, an increase from $542:
- Direct selling salesperson
- Commission salesperson (other than a route salesperson) selling goods that will be delivered later
- Car, truck, recreational vehicle, or bus salesperson
- Manufactured home salesperson
- Farm machinery salesperson
- Heavy-duty construction equipment or road construction equipment salesperson
- Residential home salesperson employed by builder
- Land Agent
- Engineer or other geoscientist
- Information systems professional
Also, domestic work employees living in their employer’s residence are now entitled to a monthly minimum wage of $2,848, an increase from $2,582.
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