Alberta Employment Law Course (Online)

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    39 hours

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Part-Time: February 27, 2023 – June 05, 2023

Schedule: Webinars are held Mondays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm PST


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Alberta Employment Law Course Overview

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 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.

Admission Requirements & Who is This Course For?

None. However, this course is best suited for:

  • Paralegals
  • Legal Assistants
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • 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


Subject to change without notice

Heidi Bachert-Burke

Heidi Bachert-Burke - Ashton College InstructorHeidi Bachert-Burke brings more than 20+ years of progressive knowledge and experience working as a Human Resources professional. A majority of these years were with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, where she worked in a Senior Management HR & Administration role for news and multimedia platforms. Her responsibilities included managing the full spectrum of HR and administrative activities for multiple domestic and international locations; ensuring compliance and managing risk in unionized & non-unionized workplaces; analyzing data and providing evidence-based results; implementing and directing best practices and strategies to meet organizational goals & diversity initiatives; partnering with stakeholders and providing guidance and mentorship to her direct reports.

Claudia Roubaud

Claudia Roubaud is a professional with over twelve years of progressive experience and knowledge across a wide variety of business management functions. She 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 several continuing education certificates.

Sharon Seidler

Sharon Seidler is a Human Resources Professional and Conflict Resolution Professional with over fifteen years of experience in Human Resources Supports, Organizational Development, Change Management, Training and Development, Employee Engagement, Employee and Labour Relations, and Leadership Development. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Human Resources Management Program and Kansas State University’s Conflict Resolution Program. She has also been a certified mediator, a mentor with the Kansas Supreme Courts, and a member of the Kansas Supreme Court Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution.

Sharon currently works in post-secondary education with Ashton College Online, focusing on human resources, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion, and change management. Sharon has extensive experience developing and instructing organizational training programs in conflict resolution, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and leadership development to promote inclusive, safe and healthy work environments. She also publishes online articles related to change management, mental wellness, co-parenting, workplace mediation, divorce mediation, human resources, and conflict resolution.




  • February 27, 2023 – June 05, 2023
    • 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. Kelly Williams-Whitt, Adam Letourneau, TJ Schmaltz, Ryan Anderson, Kathryn J. Filsinger. 2021. ISBN: 9781772556179, 1772556173


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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