"This legislation would bring Alberta's workplaces into the 21st century." People working for an employer for 90 days would be allowed to take unpaid leave if they were sick, injured, had a death in the family, a missing child or were the victims of domestic violence. Right now, there are no provisions for leave in those cases. Overtime would be banked at 1.5 hours for every hour worked instead of straight time. Minimum annual vacation would be two weeks off paid at four per cent of an employee's salary. Employers would also be prevented from charging gas station and restaurant workers if customers left without paying. The changes would allow for a union to be certified without a secret ballot if more than 65 per cent of employees had verified membership cards. Less than 66 per cent would still require a vote. The proposed labour law update comes after decades of the NDP calling for better rules while the Progressive Conservatives were in power. Andy Sims, an expert on Alberta and federal workplace laws, helped draft the new legislation.
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