Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Dalhousie University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Deborah Parker
Senior HR Consultant & Manager, Compensation
Human Resources
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Number of employees:
8162

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
8162

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
40

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
40

A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

1. Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code

As outlined in the Minimum Wage Order (General) regulation of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code, the minimum wage is set at the low income cut off (LICO) line for a single person living in a community the size of Sydney. The regulation provides that the minimum wage is to be re-indexed to LICO each subsequent April using the projected National Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year. Indexing the minimum wage to LICO and adjusting it based on CPI provides a mechanism for maintaining a fair minimum level of pay for the most vulnerable employees in Nova Scotia. This regulation is binding for all employees in Nova Scotia. Employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements (temporal, casual, students, and contract staff) are covered under the minimum wage, although many are paid higher than the minimum wage though not mandatory. See more here:
http://www.novascotia.ca/just/regulations/regs/lscmwgen.htm
http://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/docs/mwrc2014.pdf

2. Collective bargaining agreements
There are different collective bargaining agreements for academic staff and non-academic staff. These collective agreement ( CUPE, DFA, DPMG, NSGEU, CCS) covers both full time and part time faculty and staff. See more description here http://www.dal.ca/dept/hr/employee-resources/employee-relations.html


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
4721

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
0

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:
A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

Regular, full-time employees of Dalhousie are offered the following benefits: Insurance ( health, dental, group life), health spending amount, pension, disability benefits, pregnancy and/or parental leave supplementary top-up, vacation, tuition benefits, policies on respectful workplace and sexual harassment, equity, E-pass, professional development opportunities, onsite daycare, and Employee and Family Assistance Program, organizational health initiatives. The extent of these benefits varies between different employee groups. See more here:

http://www.dal.ca/dept/hr/employee-resources/employee-benefits.html


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

Regular, part-time employees are offered the following benefits: Insurance ( health, dental, group life), health spending amount, pension, disability benefits, pregnancy and/or parental leave supplementary top-up, vacation, tuition benefits, policies on respectful workplace and sexual harassment, equity, E-pass, professional development opportunities, onsite daycare, and Employee and Family Assistance Program, organizational health initiatives. The extent of these benefits varies between different employee groups.

http://www.dal.ca/dept/hr/employee-resources/employee-benefits.html


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

At a minimum, all departments must follow minimum wage standards and labor codes for Nova Scotia


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

At a minimum, all departments must follow minimum wage standards and labor codes for Nova Scotia


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

At a minimum, all departments must follow minimum wage standards and labor codes for Nova Scotia


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
10.40 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:

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