When businesses break labour or safety codes, they may face a variety of punishments. One Lethbridge restaurant has been under close inspection since Alberta Health Services found evidence of foreign workers sleeping there on mattresses. This violated provincial business law related to health in food services and possibly labour, though Alberta Labour cleared the restaurant of any wrongdoing.
Statistics are often used to inform lawmakers and citizens. Figures about the number of businesses that closed during the economic downturn in Alberta are often quoted in business law discussions, but how accurate are the commonly cited numbers? A recent analysis shows that the oft-cited statistic of 7,000 or even 11,000 lost businesses in Calgary may not be as accurate as previously thought.
Laws governing employers can change quickly, so it is important for business owners to stay aware of new developments. In Alberta, some owners have been caught off-guard by business law changes affecting labour. While most were aware of minimum wage changes, regulations governing holiday pay are also going to affect companies across the province.
A new year often brings legislative changes for Canadians. In Alberta, business owners should be aware of the changes to business law that come into effect in 2018. Along with changes to labour laws, tax increases on carbon and renovation permits may affect businesses across the province. Workers should also take note of the changes which affect their employee rights.
Restitution for business malpractice can be challenging, especially for large businesses whose practices affected a large number of customers. Loblaw Cos. Ltd. was found by a Competition Bureau investigation to be participating in a scheme to increase packaged bread prices for over 14 years. To make amends for these business law violations, they are offering customers who purchased the price-fixed bread in Alberta and throughout Canada $25 gift cards, a move that could cost the company as much as $150 million.
The upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana has led to many legal questions. Among these is the question of how employee use of the drug should be considered under Alberta business law. Human resources professionals across the province and the country are considering how use or abuse of the drug should be considered under workplace regulations, especially those where use of marijuana could be a safety or productivity risk.
It is important that business owners stay aware of changes to the legislation governing their operations. Alberta workers and employees are paying close heed to a new business law affecting parental leave for federally regulated workplaces. The Alberta government advised that hopes to change labour regulations to give expectant parents across the province the ability to apply for extended benefits.
Discrimination is a common topic in human rights law, especially legislation related to buying, selling and working. Alberta lawmakers are currently discussing potential business law changes that would restrict any age discrimination that cannot be legally justified. Car rental companies and insurance providers are among the businesses that could be affected by such a change.
Franchise owners face unique legal concerns compared to other business owners. These concerns often involve their relationship with a parent company and their rights as individual locations. Some Tim Hortons franchisees have raised business law concerns over disputes with Restaurant Brands International (RBI). One of the issues is relates to franchise owners in Alberta and Ontario wanting to raise prices to accommodate the provincial minimum wage increases.
Major changes in the economy have caused multiple retail stores to shut their doors. One of the most high-profile bankruptcies in Alberta has been related to the national closure of Sears Canada. Many employees are coming forward with issues regarding the handling of these proceedings. This raises questions about what is legal for a closing business under provincial and federal business law.