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*NEWS UPDATE* Alberta minimum wage increases Oct. 1

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Sunny South News

According to a recent media release, minimum wage in Alberta has fallen behind the earnings of Albertans in general. Gradually increasing minimum wage will help reduce staff turnover, improve fairness and help low-income Albertans meet their basic needs. The Alberta government will continue to work together with employers to assess the effects of increased minimum wages and plan for the future.

Effective Oct. 1, the following increases to Alberta’s minimum wage rates will take effect:

* The general minimum wage will increase from $10.20 to $11.20 per hour

* The liquor server minimum wage will increase from $9.20 to $10.70 per hour

* The weekly minimum wage for certain sales people, land agents and other professionals will increase from $406 to $446

* The monthly minimum wage for domestic workers who live in their employer’s residence will rise from $1,937 to $2,127

* Maximum deductions for consumed meals and accommodation provided by an employer are not changing. They will remain at $3.35 per day for each consumed meal, and $4.41 per day for lodging provided

Employers with questions about minimum wages can contact the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 780-427-3731, or toll-free at 1-877-427-3731 or visit the Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour website.

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