Alberta Employment Law (Live Online)

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    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

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Part Time: November 08, 2021 – February 14, 2022


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Alberta Employment Law


The Alberta Employment Law course examines Alberta’s employment laws in great detail. Students will gain a foundational understanding of the various aspects of the province’s employment law regime.

The professional world revolves around employment, so having knowledge of the laws governing employment in your province will give you an advantage in your career. Although there are commonalities in employment laws across Canada, every province in the nation has a unique set of employment laws in place.

To gain a full understanding of employment law in Alberta, students will become familiar with the legislation and various regulating bodies that pertain to this area of law. Through this course, students will become deeply familiar with Alberta labour laws and how they affect employers and employees.

Students will learn every aspect of Alberta Employment law from how the laws are made to how they are implemented, and how they are enforced.

Practical Application

Having knowledge of the employment standards that Alberta has in place is valuable to anyone working within the province as well as for people working in organizations that have operations in Alberta. Internationally-trained professionals can use this course to reskill for the Canadian job market.

Lawyers working within the province or with large businesses will be able to use this knowledge to take on cases related to Alberta labour standards and regulations. Legal assistants and paralegals will be able to expand their responsibilities and assist lawyers in these cases relating to employment law. Human resources professionals will be able to better perform in their roles and ensure that both employers and employees are fulfilling their responsibilities according to Alberta employment laws as the course covers the rights and obligations of employers and employees in both unionized and non-unionized environments.

Alberta Employment Law Course Format

The Alberta Employment Law course is delivered through our LIVE Online format, allowing students to participate in classes from anywhere in the world with a stable internet connection. Students can easily fit their studies into even the busiest schedule as this course is a part-time offering.

Course Prerequisites

None. However, this course is best suited for paralegals, legal assistants, human resources professionals and in-house legal staff.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of Alberta Employment Law course, students will have increased knowledge in:

1. Sources of Employment Law

  • Statute Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Common-Law
  • Judicial Decisions

2. Understanding Common Law Principles

  • Common-Law Liability
  • Employer-Employee Relationship
  • Different Categories of Employees

3. Unionized Workplaces

  • Introduction to the Unionized Workplace
  • Setting up a Union
  • The Collective Agreement
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Unions and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

4. Canada Labour Code

  • Industrial Relations
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Hours of Work, Wages, Vacations and other Holidays

5. The Employment Contract

  • Written Contracts of Employment
  • Common terms used in Contracts of Employment
  • Enforceability of Contracts of Employment
  • Interpretation Issues

6. Employment Standards Code of Alberta

  • Minimum Employment Standards
  • Administration and Enforcement of the Code

7. Human Rights in the Workplace

  • Discrimination and Human Rights Complaints
  • Human Rights issues during recruitment, selection and hiring
  • Human Rights issues during employment

8. Occupational Health and Safety Legislation

  • Coverage
  • Workplace responsibilities
  • Workers’ Rights
  • Protections under the OHS Act, Regulation and Code in Alberta
  • Administration and Enforcement

9. Workers’ Compensation Board, Alberta

  • The Role of the Board
  • Worker Coverage
  • Benefits under the Legislation
  • Appeals

10. Resignation and Retirement

  • Resignation
  • Retirement

11. Dismissal with Just Cause

  • Just Cause Requirements
  • Establishing Just Cause under Common Law

12. Dismissal without Just Cause and Wrongful Dismissal

  • Requirements
  • Notice of Termination
  • Wrongful Dismissal
  • The Duty to Mitigate
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Avoiding Claims of Wrongful Dismissal


Sharon Seidler

Inspiring purpose and enabling success, Sharon Seidler is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, creative serial entrepreneur, thoughtful human resources professional, engaging course developer, instructor, and motivating professional coach. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked in community, public, private, union and non-unionized organizations over the past 32 years. During this time, she has gained proficiencies in international and virtual workforce development, cultural revitalization, collaborative trusts, innovative change, employee engagement, labour relations, organizational effectiveness, learning development and instruction.

Sharon holds certificates in Human Resource Management from the University of Alberta, Professional and Adult Learning Instruction from the Northern Institute of Technology and Conflict Resolution and LEAN Six-Sigma Yellow-Belt from Kansas State University. She is also a licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent (producer) in Alberta and Arizona. She is currently an active member of the Kansas State Supreme Court Advisory Council, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a leadership role on the Education, Research and Training Committee with the Association for Conflict Resolution.

As an experiential learning instructor, Sharon unites her work and personal experience with research, theory and application to generate an experiential learning setting geared toward student and apprentice growth. In her personal life, Sharon is a wife, friend, step-mom and grandma, sister and daughter. She enjoys active social time with her friends, family and colleagues.

Claudia Roubaud

Claudia Roubaud is a professional with over twelve years of progressive experience and knowledge across a wide variety of business management functions that include: human resources, budgets and accounting, change management, risk management, project management, strategic business planning, business analysis, performance management systems, customer service, communications, etc.

Claudia has been with The City of Calgary municipality for over ten years in various capacities. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society (pre-Law) from the University of Calgary, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree from the University of Phoenix, as well as a number of continuing education certificates. She is a lifelong learner with a passion for informal and formal learning and development opportunities.

*Subject to change without notice


Live Online

Part Time:

  • November 08, 2021 – February 14, 2022
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Mondays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • Employment Law for Business and Human Resources Professionals, 4th Edition. Kathryn Filsinger. Emond Publishers. 2021. ISBN: 978-1-77255-596-7. E-book ISBN: 978-1-77255-598-1P.


The registration fee for this course is $995.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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