Greenhouses no longer exempt in labour code changes

March 05, 2018
Written by Leah Murray, Chat News Today
Medicine Hat, AB – Vegetable growers in Alberta are speaking out about new labour rules they say are affecting their ability to do business. Bill 17 went into effect in January 2018, and strips greenhouses of their agricultural exemption under the Labour Code.

That means greenhouses now have to pay overtime to employees who work more than 44 hours a week.

For Sunshine Greenhouse in Redcliff, that would mean an added expense of nearly $100,000 per year.



+1 #1 Teresa Roper 2018-03-06 16:18
As I was a grower in SK for years and they do not have this exemption, I have never had a problem with it . SK also does not have reduced or assisted electric rates and have to pay all stat holidays even if the worker doesn't work.
If the employers cant survive they are doing something wrong.

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