Conner LantzKeymasterAugust 7, 2023 at 10:46 pmPost count: 4836
Does anyone have any guidelines on H&S Compensation? I have an employee who does office work – administration and answering calls, but is also the H&S Rep. We are a business of around 10-12 employees including the two business owners. The employee earns $26 per hour for a $ 40-hour week plus an H&S bonus of $2000 every 6 months. That gives them a salary of at least $58080. We are not asking them to do any H&S activities in their own time. When time is needed for H&S, they are taken off their other admin and phone duties. Occasionally we offer them over time which means they get $36 an hour. The employee in question believes they should be getting $75000 to $80000 per year given that they are the H&S Rep. That seems high to me but wondered what others thought? They are not creating policies or anything just addressing hazards and incidents and having tailgate meetings with one of the owners every 2 weeks. I would estimate that at the most they would average 3 hours per week and that might be quite a generous estimate. I’m looking for some guidance on what fair compensation might be and was curious what the consensus is or if anyone knew of any guidance out there. Thank you 🙂Conner LantzKeymasterAugust 7, 2023 at 10:48 pmPost count: 4836
That’s an interesting question and I will be really curious to see how members answer it. I can help you with the legal perspective. Serving as a joint health and safety committee member or health and safety rep is generally considered a voluntary position that doesn’t entitle the worker to additional compensation. Of course, you CAN offer such compensation if you choose, or if the collective agreement or employment contract provides. Legally, you’re also on the hook for certain related expenses. But Alberta is pretty limited in that regard, at least compared to other provinces. The only stated obligation under the OHS Act is to treat time spent on performing H&S duties, e.g., attending meetings, receiving H&S training, attending inspections, etc., as work time paid at the employee’s normal rate. Here’s the actual provision:
Time away for committee or representative work and entitlement to pay
199.3 A worker who is a member of a joint health and safety committee or who is a health and safety representative is deemed to be at work during the times the worker is performing joint health and safety committee or health and safety representative duties, or attending training in connection with these duties.
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