Edmonton Labor Code: On Leave and Vacations

Did you know that you are entitled to go on a vacation leave with pay? This employment requirement is intended to ensure that all employees can rest from their work without fear of losing income. Most employees are entitled to vacations with pay. However, this privilege does not apply to all. Employees that work at specified professions and industries are not eligible to leave to pay. The basic entitlement under the Edmonton Employment law is as follows:

• In the first four years of employment, the employee is entitled to a maximum of two-week-vacation leave with pay. This may be composed of several vacation leaves without reaching more than fourteen days.

• On the fifth year and all the other succeeding years, an employee is entitled to a three-week vacation leave with pay. Such leave credits may be availed upon the approval of the management.

Is there a difference in the salary?

As stated in the Edmonton Labor Code, every employee is entitled to a vacation with pay. However, there is a slight difference in the computation of the salary that the employee shall receive in the weeks that he is on leave. If the salary of the employee is computed on a monthly basis, the salary is then divided to 4 and 1/3. However, employees who are not paid regularly, but are entitled to the two-three week paid vacation, they receive about four to six percent of the wages they have earned over the period of employment.

Sometimes, companies give special monetary privileges to those employees who do not avail of these vacation leave with pay. They shall then receive the dollar value of such leave credits to encourage further them to work harder.

Is the construction industry included too?

Because of the nature of work involved in construction, the employers are not required by law to provide their employees with vacation time with pay. However, they are entitled to receive a payment amounts to at least six percent of the employee’s regular wage.

After the first year of the employee in the job, he or she is then entitled to the vacation leave with pay. However, this shall be taken within the 12-month period from the date of the entitlement. Usually, employees are encouraged to take the 2-week unbroken period for vacation, unless the employee makes special requests. They may take a shorter time of leave that does not exceed the 14-day mark. This is permissible by law as long as it shall not be less than a day.

Do I decide when to go on leave?

The employee and employer must be able to take action on a mutual time for the vacation. However, when this requirement is not met, the employer has the right to decide when the employee can go on leave. The business needs to inform the employee, at least, two weeks in writing from the start of the vacation.

Indeed, there is nothing more rewarding to an employee than to be able to go on a vacation without fear of losing money. After all, it is an employer’s reward to have an employee who’s not only hardworking but is loyal to the company too.