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Published Time: 07.06.2024 - 06:13:23 Modified Time: 07.06.2024 - 06:13:23

The workers also claim to have routinely worked shifts longer than 12 hours, and in some instances as long as 24 hours, in violation of the code. Class action lawsuit AHS


The group is made up of clinical assistants – who work with physicians to provide "acute care coverage" in a variety of medical settings – and clinical surgical assistants (CSAs) – who provide surgical assistance and pre- and post-operative care.

According to the suit, AHS told CAs and SCAs between 2013 and 2022 that they were exempt from receiving overtime pay.

When the employer changed their stance on the issue in December 2022, it offered retroactive lump-sum overtime payment to the workers. However, the payment only went back four months and included a cap on hours, according to the Kahane Law Office, which filed the class action lawsuit.

The workers also claim to have routinely worked shifts longer than 12 hours, and in some instances as long as 24 hours, in violation of the code.

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The lawsuit against AHS was filed on April 26 in the Court of King’s Bench in Calgary, reported the Edmonton Journal.

"As the largest employer in Alberta, Alberta Health Services must know they continue to be in contravention of the law by denying these hard-working medical professionals fair pay and a safe working environment," said Ariel Breitman, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, according to CTV News.

“AHS needs to acknowledge these historical and ongoing transgressions against the men and women who care for us when we are in need and come to the table to work towards a fair resolution that ensures proper compensation for these workers,” he added, according to the Edmonton Journal.

An amended statement of claim was filed on April 26. As of Wednesday, there were around 228 active class members, according to the report.

“We hope for a fair resolution to this case as the Alberta NDP have, and always will, stand with the working of Alberta,” the Edmonton Journal noted.

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