Terms and conditions of employment

Under the Alberta Human Rights Act, employers have a duty to take reasonable steps to provide a discrimination-free workplace to ensure that employees are not discriminated against based on the grounds protected under the Act. The protected grounds are: race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income and sexual orientation. Employers are responsible for ensuring that all employees are treated equitably in all terms and conditions of employment including: applying for a job, recruitment, training, transfers, promotions, terms of apprenticeship, rate of pay, overtime, hours of work, holidays, benefits, shift work, performance evaluations, and discipline.

For more information:

Attendance and absence
Appearance and dress codes
Drug and alcohol dependencies in the Alberta workplace
Bona fide occupational requirements
Equal pay for similar work
Religious beliefs

Revised: April 11, 2017



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