The provincial government is asking Albertans to look at the latest recommendations on how labour laws could apply to farms and ranches and provide feedback.

Labour Minister Christina Gray says six technical working groups began working last year and two of them have released their reports.

"The group reviewing Employment Standards provided recommendations around hours of work, overtime, job protected leaves, holiday and vacation pay, minimum wage and youth employment and others," the minister said. "The group reviewing the Labour Relations code provided recommendations around non-family waged workers accessing union membership and taking part in collective bargaining."

She says, on average, non-family farm and ranch workers are paid more than minimum wage. One of the recommendations from the Employment Standards working group was that minimum wage be the baseline for all employees on farms and ranches.

She says when the Enhanced Protection for Farm Workers legislation came into force two key changes came into effect, mandatory Worker Compensation coverage and the application of basic Occupational Health and Safety standards.

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier says when he went around the province speaking to farmers and ranchers who had concerns about the original rollout of Bill 6 he gleaned their main concern was the lack of consultation.

"I think this process that we undertake after that, the technical working groups, the work they've done, the work they're continuing doing really helps appease a lot of those worries about consultation," Carlier says.

Minster Gray says they promised they would seek feedback as they go through the process.

The deadline to submit written feedback, either on line or through the mail is April 3, 2017.

 

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