(Jun. 25/12) Effective Sept. 1, 2012, Alberta’s hourly minimum wage will jump 35 cents – from $9.40 to $9.75. This 3.5 per cent increase is less than the previous average annual increases of five per cent, thanks to Alberta’s new approach that uses a number of CRFA recommendations, including:
This minimum wage hike incorporates the new combined Consumer Price Index (CPI)/average wage inflation formula. This blended formula will usually reduce the annual minimum wage increases, previously adjusted using wage inflation alone.
Steady liquor server wage
The liquor server wage – introduced last year following the minimum wage review – will remain at $9.05/hour. This wage rate will hold steady until the general minimum wage reaches $10.05/hour, at which time both wage rates will increase by the same amount.
The minimum wage review also concluded that employers would be given a minimum of three months notice of minimum wage adjustments, and that annual adjustments would take place every year on Sept. 1.
Click here to read Alberta’s May 31 minimum wage announcement.