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Information regarding Remote Proceedings can be found here.

 

What does the ALRB do?

The Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) is an independent and impartial tribunal responsible for the day-to-day application and interpretation of Alberta's labour laws.  The role of the ALRB is to interpret and apply the legislation governing collective bargaining including:

  • how and under what conditions a trade union may claim the status of exclusive bargaining agent for a group of employees;

  • how the employer and union must bargain to reach or renew a collective agreement;

  • what kinds of union and employer conduct is prohibited; and

  • when the parties may have recourse to a strike or lockout.
What's New?  

 

Board Member Appointments

The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of the following Board Members:

- Randolph Klassen

- Rodney Schenk

- Trisha Thibodeau


Update re Information Bulletin #11
Bargaining Units in the Construction Indusry and Building Trades

The Board has updated Information Bulletin #11:  Bargaining Units in the Construction Industry and Building Trades to address the amendments to the Labour Relations Code resulting from Restoring Balance in Alberta's Workplaces Act, 2020.

Update: February 25, 2022


Update on Board Hearings

The Board is currently in the process of updating its Guidelines and Information Bulletins for In-Person and Remote Hearings and will be in a position to provide a more detailed update in the coming weeks about transitioning to in-person hearings for some proceedings.   In the meantime, all hearings that have been scheduled will continue to be held remotely via Zoom.  

Update: March 9, 2022


New OHS Legislation Takes Effect December 1, 2021

Effective December 1, 2021, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2017 c O-2.1 is repealed and the new Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2020 c O-2.2 is proclaimed in force.  Pursuant to the transitional provisions contained in the new legislation, appeals that are not disposed of before December 1, 2021 will, subject to section 74(2) of the new legislation, continue to be addressed in accordance with the previous OHS legislation.

The Board has updated its Rules of Procedure for OHS Appeals as well as its Forms for OHS Appeals. 

Please visit Board’s OHS page for more information.

 


Update: Public Health Restrictions

On September 16, 2021, mandatory public health restrictions were reintroduced that require all employees to work from home unless their physical presence in the office is required for operational effectiveness.  As a result, the Board continued to work with a reduced in-person staff in its Calgary and Edmonton locations.

Further developments related to the Omicron variant have required the Board to further reduce the number of in-person staff in its offices. The Board does not anticipate these changes will result in adjournments or cancellations of hearings that are scheduled. However, please be advised the Board’s usual timelines for responding to applications and correspondence may be extended. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time.

 


Update re Information Bulletin #10: Bargaining Units for Hospitals and Nursing Homes

As a result of amendments to the Labour Relations Code and the Regional Health Authority Collective Bargaining Regulation (“the Regulation”), the Board has updated Information Bulletin #10:  Bargaining Units for Hospitals and Nursing Homes, to reflect the creation of a fifth functional bargaining unit for nurse practitioners.   As the Regulation does not apply to non-AHS employers, the revised Information Bulletin #10 also addresses standard bargaining units for non-AHS employers.

Information Bulletin #11 - Bargaining Units for the Building Trades

Part 3 of the Labour Relations Code was recently amended.   The Board is in the process of developing an updated Information Bulletin #11 to address those changes. 

Updates to Board Information Bulletins

As a result of the changes to the Code arising from the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, the Board has updated the following Information Bulletins:

The Board plans to release updated versions of Information Bulletin #10 (Bargaining Units for Hospitals and Nursing Homes) and Information Bulletin #11 (Bargaining Units for the Building Trades) shortly. 


Section 11 of the Labour Relations Code  - Changes
to Rules of Procedure and Information Bulletin #2

The Board has updated its Rules of Procedure that relate to informal hearings under section 11 of the Labour Relations Code.  Please see Rules 29-33. These changes have been incorporated into Information #2 – Processing Applications, Complaints and References and Information Bulletin #4:  Location and Conduct of Board Hearings.

 


Labour Relations Code Changes

On February 10, 2021, a number of changes to the Labour Relations Code arising from Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020 (Bill 32) were proclaimed in force by Order in Council 0043/2021.

Key aspects of these changes include:

  • Changes to open periods to applications for certification (section 37) and applications for revocation (section 52);
  • A new application process for picketing on premises identified in section 84(2) (section 84.1);
  • Changes to arbitration reviews (section 145(3));
  • Introduction of three new Divisions to Part 3 (Construction Industry Labour Relations), including: Division 1.1, which addresses construction and maintenance work bargaining rights; Division 1.2, which addresses construction common employer declarations; and Division 7.1, which addresses project agreements.

In addition, Order in Council 0044/2021 amended the expiry date in section 4 of the Construction Industry Labour Relations Regulation to November 30, 2022.  

The Board is currently reviewing and updating its processes and Information Bulletins to reflect these legislative changes.  Please continue to check the Board’s website for more information in this regard.

 


Guidelines for Email Filing and Email Communications

Effective January 1, 2021, the Board is changing its filing deadline from 4:30 PM to 4:00 PM.  This change applies to all methods of filing materials with the Board (i.e. fax, delivery, email).

The Board has recently begun accepting applications, complaints, and references under the Labour Relations Code, and appeals under the Occupational Health and Safety Act  via email.   As a result of this change, the Board has developed Guidelines for Email Filing and Email Communications, which include naming conventions, and other procedures and best practices for submitting material to the Board via email. The Guidelines will be incorporated into a revised version of Information Bulletin #2 at a later date. 

Some of the key components of the Guidelines include:

  • The correct email addresses to use when filing materials;
  • Naming conventions;
  • Instructions for submitting and formatting PDF documents; and
  • General “best practices” when communicating with the Board via email.

Effective January 1, 2021, the deadline for filing materials with the Board will change from 4:30 PM to  4:00 PM.


Representation Votes – Mail-In Ballots Presumptive
Approach During COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has moved to mail-in ballots as the presumptive approach for representation votes. Please see the Case Management Directive for further consideration on this point.

 


Restoring Balance in Alberta's Workplaces Act, 2020 (Bill 32)

Bill 32, Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020, received Royal Assent on July 29, 2020.   Bill 32 amended a number of labour and employment statutes, including the Employment Standards Code, the Labour Relations Code, the Public Service Employee Relations Act, the Police Officers Collective Bargaining Act, the Public Education Collective Bargaining Act, and the Post-Secondary Learning Act

Regarding the Labour Relations Code, some of the amendments to came into force on Royal Assent, while others will come into force at a future date upon Proclamation.  

The Board is currently reviewing and updating its processes and Information Bulletins to reflect these legislative changes.  Please continue to check the Board’s website for more information in this regard.

Information Bulletin Updates:

 


Resumption of Hearings

Effective July 6, 2020 the Board will resume the regular scheduling of hearings.  At this time, the presumptive method of hearing will be by video conference, unless the Board Chair or Vice-Chair approves and directs otherwise in a particular case.

Officers scheduling matters for resolution conferences and hearings will operate on the presumption that video conferencing will be used unless:

  1. 1. the party asserts the matter is one where a video-conference hearing is not appropriate due to the nature of the issue, the complexity of the file, the unavailability of video-conference resources, the case being appropriate for written-submissions alone, or other extenuating factors; or

  2. 2. the Board itself identifies the matter, or type of matter, as one where another option may be more appropriate.

Where a party seeks a resolution conference or hearing other than by video conference, the Board will schedule a case management conference for the Board to determine the issue.  The Board will then explore the options of video conference hearing; in-person hearing where the safety of participants can be ensured; written submissions only; or a hybrid of the preceding alternatives.  All parties must provide a brief written position on the appropriate method of hearing in advance of the case management conference, including, where applicable, their reasons why the presumption of a video conference hearing ought not to apply in their case.

All matters set for video-conference will have a further case management conference booked at a later date with the Chair or Vice-Chair presiding at the hearing, to:

  • determine the extent an Agreed Statement of Facts, affidavits and/or an agreed exhibit book can be used;
  • address deadlines for providing potential exhibits, authorities and submissions;
  • address the scheduling of witnesses;
  • determine whether the hearing should proceed by a single Chair as opposed to a three-member panel; and
  • address any other video-conferencing issues.

For video conference hearings, please see the Board’s Guidelines for Remote Proceedings.

For a thoughtful analysis of proceedings being conducted via video conference in contrast to “in-person” hearings please see OLRB Case No: 2788-17-U (Labourers International Union of North America, Local 183 v. Innovative Civil Constructors Inc., et al.)  

 


Public Health and Ministerial Orders Restricting Emplyoees to Working at only One Healthcare Facilitiy Due to COVID-19

As a result of COVID-19, a state of public heath emergency was declared in Alberta on March 17, 2020.  Several Ministerial Orders have resulted. In particular, as a result of Ministerial Order 2020-26, the Board has developed Procedural Guidelines for resolving disputes under that Order. View information here.


COVID-19 Information

CERB Information

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is a federal benefit program administered the Canada Revenue Agency and Service Canada. The toll free number to reach an agent who can discuss your CERB application is 1-800-959-8281.

The Alberta Labour Relations Board is a provincial agency that regulates collective bargaining in Alberta.


Do you have Questions regarding your Employment and COVID 19?

The Employment Standards Branch is the government agency that can assist you.

For information about the changes to the Employment Standards Code see:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Click on “Information for Albertans” and then select “Info for employers and employees.”

Further questions about job-protected leave should be directed to Employment Standards Branch:
https://www.alberta.ca/employment-standards.aspx

 


Front-Line Reception

Please note that effective immediately, the Board’s front-line reception areas in both our Edmonton and Calgary offices will be closed to the public for walk-in inquiries until further notice. Please contact the Board at (780) 422-5926 (in Edmonton) or (403) 297- 4334 (in Calgary) to obtain information or discuss options relating to filing applications and/or complaints, scheduling of hearings and other matters before the Board.

For general e-mail inquiries, use address: ALRB.Info@gov.ab.ca.


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