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Alberta government introduces Bill 2: the Open for Busines Act

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The new provincial government introducing its Open for Business Act Tuesday.

Proposed changes include a return to previous general holiday pay and banked overtime rules where those who bank an hour of overtime will be entitled to take an hour off. The previous NDP government implemented an hour and a half off for every hour of banked overtime system.

Employees will also have to work 30 days before being entitled to holiday pay and employers will not be required to provide holiday pay if the business is not open on the day of the holiday.

The government is also lowering the minimum wage for students under the age of 18. The new youth job creation wage of $13 per hour will apply to students 13 to 17 years old who work 28 hours per week or less. The province, in a press release, says employers have cited the current $15 per hour minimum wage as one of the reasons they have reduced opportunities for young workers. Those changes take effect June 26.

Premier Jason Kenney says these proposed changes to labour rules will help businesses become competitive again.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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