By Lindsey Stuckless
The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—Twenty-seven Haldimand County employees made over $100,000 in 2018, four more than in the previous year.
Six employees made the list for the first time in 2018, including two registered nurses and two paramedics. The staff report noted that non-management employees sometimes exceed $100,000 due to temporary assignments.
Two part-time paramedics who made the list were both assigned temporary full-time hours for the majority of the year. While working the temporary full-time assignments, the two paramedics still received payment in lieu of benefits and vacation pay, pushing them over $100,000. A similar situation occurred with one part-time Grandview Lodge Registered Nurse (RN) who was given temporary full time in 2018. The full-time Grandview Lodge RN exceeded the threshold due to extra shifts worked over the year.
The staff report states that more non-management positions, such as paramedics and registered nurses, will exceed the threshold if it remains the same.
Councillor Bernie Corbett said the public is always interested in the list, but questions when the threshold will be raised: “This is always a hot button topic, but could this list be updated to reflect the increased cost of living?”
Megan Jamieson, Director of Human Resources, said, “We do not have any control over the threshold, it comes from the province. We are hopeful the amount will be raised.”
The Sunshine List began in 1996 when the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act required organizations that received provincial funding to disclose the names, positions, salaries, and taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more a year. The threshold has not been changed since its inception.