Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.11
Liaison Jean-Michel Champagne
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2021

STARS v2.2

HEC Montréal
PA-12: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Jean-Michel Champagne
Sustainable Development Officer
Infrastructure - Sustainability Office
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
14.62 US/Canadian $

Percentage of employees that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):

Does the institution have significant contractors with employees that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:

A list or brief description of significant on-site contractors:

Security services are partially subcontracted. HEC Montréal has 10 regular security agents, and hires 16 regular subcontract agents. By regulation, minimum wage for security agent in Québec is $18.34/hour since June 28, 2020, exceeding the minimum living wage for the region of Montréal.
Janitorial services are partially subcontracted. HEC Montréal has 22 regular building service employees and hires 14 regular subcontract building service employees. By regulation, minimum wage for building service employees in Québec is $18.75/hour since November 1, 2020, exceeding the minimum living wage for the region of Montréal.
The catering services, the two cafeterias, the restaurant Le Cercle and both bookstores are operated by COOP HEC Montréal, an independent cooperative historically operating almost exclusively inside the school. Before COVID-19, part time and temporary positions were offered to school students, at the minimum wage (under the minimum living wage for a family of 2 adults with 2 children). Nevertheless, students who occupied these positions had access to free food - unsold and leftover food is reserved exclusively to COOP employees, a very popular benefit among the students and an efficient way to eliminate food waste. Since the beginning of the pandemic, part-time positions were cut and only regular, full-time staff are operating the COOP services. All regular staff salary exceeds the minimum living wage for the Montréal area (exact minimum wage within the staff is not disclosed to the public)

Percentage of employees of on-site contractors known to receive a living wage or be covered by collective bargaining agreements (i.e., union contracts):

Total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time or full-time employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
125 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade:

The lowest basic salary (exclusive of undergrad students who act as a part-time corrector) is 16.35$/hour (12% superior to the MLW). This wage is the one paid to the employee, but doesn't include the compensation the school pays for vacations and social benefits. The minimum "vacation" pay, a system where the employer but aside a value of the pay to compensate vacation, is 4% (equivalent of 10 days of vacation). HEC Montréal offers 23 paid vacation days to its regular employees (13 more than legally required), plus 7 extra vacation days on Christmas in 2020 that are not required by the law, for a total 30 paid vacation days (representing a benefit of 12% of the base salary).
Paid benefits, such as health insurance, retirement programs, dental insurance, travel insurance, etc., are not offered to all employees, only regular ones, and are not accounted here. Including paid vacations, the hourly rate HEC Montréal pays for the lowest paid employee is 18.31$/hour, excluding social benefits, or 25.25% higher than the MLW.

HEC Employees benefit from a wide array of programs, such as retirement programs, competitive health insurances, travel insurance, dental insurance, 4 day week during summer, etc.,

Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:

A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:

Website URL where information about employee compensation is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Minimum living wage for Montreal is based on IRIS 2020 report on minimum living wage. For 2020, the MLW for a family of 2 adults and 2 child is $61 009 - or $14.62/hour for 2 adults working full time (40 hours/week - 365 days/year)

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