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Alberta wants employers and workers to “Work Right”

May 13, 2014 | By Anthony Capkun

May 12, 2014 – How many hours do you work before you are owed overtime? Is it ever too hot or too cold to work outside? Alberta’s new Work Right campaign poses questions like these and invites employers and workers to find out more about workplace rules.

“Our goal through this campaign is to instill a culture of compliance in the workplace, where fairness and safety are the norm,” explained Thomas Lukaszuk, minister of jobs, skills, training and labour. “To do this, we are encouraging workers and employers to question what they know about occupational health and safety and employment standards, and we’re providing the resources to help them find the answers.”

Highlights of the Work Right campaign include:

• Interactive workright.alberta.ca website with questions, answers and links to more information
• Downloadable products
• Media and social media support

Campaign research indicates that while employers and workers both believe they have a good grasp of existing workplace rules, they often don’t, says the province.

“This is the first time we have combined Occupational Health & Safety and Employment Standards awareness activities. These two sections of government work with employers and workers every day, so it was a natural fit to promote better understanding of workplace rules and make maximum use of our resources,” added Lukaszuk.

Individuals with questions or concerns about workplace rules can call the Occupational Health and Safety Contact Centre at (866) 415-8690 or the Employment Standards Contact Centre at (877) 427-3731.

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