Late last week there was an announcement that Campus Based Residential Care will be tendered shortly. For those of you who provide that service please stay tuned as I am sure you will receive information soon.
I am told that there has been a procurement plan (5 year) placed before the Minister and at this point there is no permission to move forward with anything other than this one area. I am aware that most of you have contracts that are set to expire on March 31, 2018.
The likelihood is that most of your contracts will be renewed at the same rates. Some may be able to re-negotiate some terms but for the most part status quo may be the outcome. I realize that this means no increases in any part of your operation for a long time.
Budget 2018 may not see any changes or increases. We already have a hint of that with no increases to foster care rates.
As always we will continue to advocate for a plan and for hopeful injections to the wages if nothing else. We need to have some clear information and in reality you need to be thinking about this already. If you have NO increases to your contracts and you are aware of the Bill 17 impacts, what will you do in the new fiscal year- i.e. Do you need to close beds, close programs, are you ok, decrease services and if so what? It would be very helpful if you can let me know what you think you will need to do if there are no changes of any kind.
I would appreciate if you can let me know what you think will happen and if you have any other impacts starting to creep in, like increasing turnover rates, etc. This information is very helpful as we strategize a plan to move forward. If we can we will also make the information available to you so that you can go out and advocate on your or your sectors behalf as we suspect there will be a need for political action. It is the politicians who are stopping things as treasury board.
Again we are trying to give concrete examples of the impacts of no procurement (negotiations or tenders) and Bill 17. I need to have that picture from you to share at table with the Ministry officials and the politicians.
Thanks for sharing I look forward to your information and trying to see what we can do to move the financial pendulum. If you could send me your story or information by November 30 I would appreciate it.
Rhonda Barraclough – ALIGN Executive Director RhondaB@alignab.ca
Correspondence from ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough November 10, 2017 Re: Bill 17
By now you are fully aware that as of January 1, 2018 Bill 17 will come into effect. The new Labor Standards will have an impact on all of you. We have offered training sessions around the province as have others ( ECVO/CCVO) and I am attaching a link to the Ministry of Labor website https://www.alberta.ca/employment-standards-changes.aspx.
Thank you to those of you who were able to figure out your banked time . We have been able to send that information to the ministry as an example of the costs that you will incur. The Deputy Ministers from Children Services and Community and Support Services are meeting with the Ministry of Labor soon. We hope to hear from them about the issues soon.
I encourage you to make sure you are fully aware of the expectations of the new legislation and prepare for how it will affect your organization. There are some strict rules about overtime and scheduling time that need to be adhered to and in some cases you will need to make new agreements with your staff, or you may have to restrict staff flex time and you need to pay out overtime at a higher rate.
I encourage you to review the new legislation and ask questions to the Ministry of Labor. If there is anything else we can do let me know. I will keep you up dated as we hear more.
Preliminary-Review-of-Bill-17 (Neuman Thompson September 2017)
On May 24, 2017, the provincial government tabled Bill 17, titled the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act. Bill 17 includes a number of significant reforms to two of the most important workplace-related laws in Alberta, being the Alberta Employment Standards Code (the “ESC”), and the Labour Relations Code (the “LRC”). The following is meant to provide a summary of some of the most noteworthy reforms that have been tabled as part of this Bill…
Alberta Government – Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, changes will come into effect on January 1, 2018.
Alberta Employer Advisor Bill 17 – Proposed Changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code