Alberta Employment Law (Live Online)

  • Formats:

    Live Online

  • Duration:

    39 hours

  • Registration Fee:


Start Date

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Part Time: March 22, 2021 – June 28, 2021

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This course examines Alberta’s employment laws, and students will gain a foundational understanding of the various aspects of the province’s employment law regime. This course is valuable for human resources professionals seeking to understand the rights and obligations of employers and employees in both unionized and non-unionized environments. Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) are encouraged to include this course as part of the CPHR Canada continuing professional development requirements.

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


Live Online

Part Time:

  • March 22, 2021 – June 28, 2021
    • 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 to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience. 

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

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