New em­ploy­ment stan­dards for youth un­der 13

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden - Spe­cial to the Post

The Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta is up­dat­ing em­ploy­ment rules for youth aged 12 and un­der.

The new stan­dards only ap­ply when there is an em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ship, such as jobs where em­ploy­ers make manda­tory de­duc­tions or pro­vide ben­e­fits such as va­ca­tion pay. They do not ap­ply to vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties or ca­sual work such as babysit­ting, lawn-mow­ing, snow­shov­el­ling or farm and ranch work.

The changes mean that youth aged 12 and un­der will only be able to be em­ployed in artis­tic en­deav­ours such as film, stage or tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions, and only with parental/ guardian con­sent and a gov­ern­ment-is­sued per­mit.

Gov­ern­ment con­sulted with more than 100 in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing em­ploy­ers, par­ents, stu­dents, vol­un­teer groups, worker sup­port cen­tres and farm rep­re­sen­ta­tives in its work to up­date the stan­dards.

“By pro­vid­ing clar­ity on the stan­dards for em­ploy­ing youth un­der age 13, the up­dated leg­is­la­tion will en­sure stronger pro­tec­tion for chil­dren, while still of­fer­ing them the choice to gain valu­able life ex­pe­ri­ence through their first jobs.”

Christina Gray, Min­is­ter of Labour

The changes com­plete the re­vi­sions to Al­berta’s Em­ploy­ment Stan­dards Code and Reg­u­la­tion that took ef­fect Jan. 1, 2018.

Em­ploy­ers must pro­vide proper train­ing and su­per­vi­sion for young em­ploy­ees and in­form par­ents/guardians of any work­place risks. The re­vised youth em­ploy­ment stan­dards take ef­fect Jan. 1, 2019.

• Rules have not changed for youth aged 13 and up. • Youth aged 13-14 can be em­ployed in such jobs as a store clerk, server, de­liv­ery per­son, dish­washer and food as­sem­bler, or in other jobs with a per­mit and parental con­sent.

• Youth aged 15-17 can be em­ployed in most oc­cu­pa­tions; how­ever cer­tain re­quire­ments for su­per­vi­sion and re­stric­tions on hours of work ap­ply.

• Youth em­ploy­ment rules do not ap­ply to farms and ranches.

• Em­ploy­ment stan­dards do not gen­er­ally ap­ply to ca­sual work such as babysit­ting, lawn-mow­ing or snow­shov­el­ling.

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