Public sector agencies, boards and commissions and Alberta post-secondary institutions, including the University of Lethbridge, comply with the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act ("Act") that received Royal Assent on December 11, 2015. The goal of the Act is to provide increased transparency by requiring the disclosure of compensation paid to a wide variety of public sector employees and appointees. The Act requires the public disclosure of the name, position, compensation, severance and non-monetary benefits (other) for all board members and employees whose total compensation is over the threshold. The threshold amount is determined by adding compensation plus severance. The applicable calendar year thresholds are:
Employment contracts and severance agreements are not currently required to be posted.
The 2016 compensation disclosure is to be posted on the University’s website and a link will also be accessible through the Government of Alberta compensation disclosure site by June 30, 2017.
The Public Service Compensation Disclosure Policy is accompanied by a Treasury Board Directive and as a result the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) allows the disclosure of any personal information for the purpose of complying with a Treasury Board Directive.
Within the Act there is a provision that allows individuals to apply for exemption from the compensation disclosure, however this exemption would only apply where an applicant demonstrates the potential of a threat to their personal safety that is linked to the disclosure. The individual exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Minister responsible for the Act. Full details on who can apply for an exemption and the application process can be found on the Government of Alberta’s Justice and Solicitor General website.