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|ALBERTA LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD|
The Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) is an independent and impartial tribunal responsible for the day-to-day application and interpretation of Alberta's labour laws. The role of the ALRB is to interpret and apply the legislation governing collective bargaining including:
Essential Services Commissioner Invites Submissions from Labour Relations Community Relating to Section 95.44 of the Labour Relations Code
The Board currently has before it an essential services dispute in which the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and Capital Care Group Inc. disagree as to whether the provision of essential services, as set out in the Essential Services Agreement they submitted for filing, will substantially interfere with meaningful collective bargaining within the meaning of section 95.44 of the Labour Relations Code (the “Code”).
In relation to this dispute, the Essential Services Commissioner invites written submissions from the labour relations community on the following issue:
What principles and factors should the Commissioner consider when assessing whether the provision of essential services during a strike or lockout will substantially interfere with meaningful collective bargaining under section 95.44 of the Code?
The submissions must not exceed 15 pages and the deadline for submissions is September 30, 2022.
Once the deadline has passed, the Board will provide copies of all submissions it receives to the parties of ES-00045 and they will be given the opportunity to address the submissions.
Submissions containing the subject line “Written Submissions on Section 95.44 of the Labour Relations Code” may be provided though any of the methods outlined below:
Updated: September 13, 2022
Recruitment - Part-time Vice Chairs and Board Members
The Board is currently recruiting for Board Members and Part-time Vice Chairs.. Below are the links to the job postings:
PAS 765 – Part-time Vice Chairs, LRB - https://www.alberta.ca/public-agency-opportunity.cfm?appt=765
Updated: August 29, 2022
New Transitional Bulletin Coming into Force August 1, 2022
#27 Election of Union Dues and Financial Disclosure
The transitional version of this Bulletin contains information and key dates regarding election of union dues and union financial disclosure obligations, and it sets out the Board’s processes for addressing disputes about union dues elections and financial disclosure.
Updated: July 28, 2022
Recruitment - Labour Relations Officers
The Board is currently recruiting for two Labour Relations Officers. This is an open competition, below are the links to the job posting:
Internal link: https://hcm17.sapsf.com/sf/jobreq?jobId=23668&company=accentur02
Updated: June 17, 2022
Important Update About Board Conducted Votes
Please be advised that effective July 4, 2022, the Board will be resuming in-person votes for some matters. Please note that the ability to do in person votes is currently restricted by our resources. This means that some votes, particularly those outside of Edmonton or Calgary, may still need to be conducted via mail in ballot. The Board retains the discretion to determine how all votes will be conducted.
The Board is actively working towards using electronic voting as a means to conduct votes. We are hopeful that this option will be available within the next couple of months.
Updated: June 17, 2022
Important Update About Board Hearings -
New Scheduling Presumptions Effective September 1, 2022
Effective September 1, 2022, the Board will conduct some of its hearings in-person, and some of its hearings remotely (“Remote Proceedings”) using the Zoom platform.
The Board has updated Information Bulletin #4: Board Hearings to reflect these changes. Please review this bulletin for more detailed information about Board hearings.
Effective September 1, 2022, the following proceedings will be presumptively scheduled as Remote Proceedings:
All proceedings not identified above will be presumptively scheduled as in-person proceedings.
In some cases, a party may seek to rebut the presumption that a matter proceed remotely or in-person. The process for doing so will be described in the hearing scheduling letter, and may require a Case Management Meeting. A party seeking to rebut a scheduling presumption will need to put forward a clear and compelling rationale for doing so.
Where all parties in a proceeding that is presumptively scheduled as an in-person proceeding would prefer that the matter proceed remotely, they may write to the Director of Settlement to confirm their agreement in this regard and request a Remote Proceeding.
In all cases, the final decision about whether a matter proceeds in-person or remotely rests with the Board.
Procedures for Remote Proceedings
Procedures for In-Person Hearings
Hearings that are currently scheduled as Remote Proceedings, or that are scheduled to proceed before September 1, 2022, will continue as Remote Proceedings, unless the Board directs otherwise.
Updated: June 17, 2022
Update re Information Bulletin #11
The Board has updated Information Bulletin #11: Bargaining Units in the Construction Industry and Building Trades to address the amendments to the Labour Relations Code resulting from Restoring Balance in Alberta's Workplaces Act, 2020.
Updated: February 25, 2022
New OHS Legislation Takes Effect December 1, 2021
Effective December 1, 2021, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2017 c O-2.1 is repealed and the new Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2020 c O-2.2 is proclaimed in force. Pursuant to the transitional provisions contained in the new legislation, appeals that are not disposed of before December 1, 2021 will, subject to section 74(2) of the new legislation, continue to be addressed in accordance with the previous OHS legislation.
The Board has updated its Rules of Procedure for OHS Appeals as well as its Forms for OHS Appeals.
Please visit Board’s OHS page for more information.
Section 11 of the Labour Relations Code - Changes
The Board has updated its Rules of Procedure that relate to informal hearings under section 11 of the Labour Relations Code. Please see Rules 29-33. These changes have been incorporated into Information #2 – Processing Applications, Complaints and References and Information Bulletin #4: Location and Conduct of Board Hearings.
Guidelines for Email Filing and Email Communications
Effective January 1, 2021, the Board is changing its filing deadline from 4:30 PM to 4:00 PM. This change applies to all methods of filing materials with the Board (i.e. fax, delivery, email).
The Board has recently begun accepting applications, complaints, and references under the Labour Relations Code, and appeals under the Occupational Health and Safety Act via email. As a result of this change, the Board has developed Guidelines for Email Filing and Email Communications, which include naming conventions, and other procedures and best practices for submitting material to the Board via email. The Guidelines will be incorporated into a revised version of Information Bulletin #2 at a later date.
Some of the key components of the Guidelines include:
Effective January 1, 2021, the deadline for filing materials with the Board will change from 4:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
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