Public proceedings of the Board

Meeting of the Board of Directors on January 21, 2013


Board members present

John McCamus (Chair); Robert W. Ward (CEO/Ex Officio); Aly Alibhai; Nancy Cooper; Michelle Haigh; John Liston; James McNee; Derry Millar; Tim Murphy; James Yakimovich


Sue McCaffrey; Stephanie Mealing; Cory Philipzyk; Michelle Séguin

1. Meeting agenda

The meeting agenda was adopted.

2. Disclosure of conflict of interest

No conflicts of interest were identified.

3. Clinic Compensation Funding Framework (CCFF)

3.1 Report from the President and CEO

The President and CEO presented the CCFF report and provided the following information:

  • The development of a clinic compensation funding framework was a condition of new investment funding provided by the province. This is the last year of the clinic compensation funding contemplated by the Treasury Board submission.
  • In the last three years, LAO has provided compensation increases pending the development of a funding framework and on the basis that clinics were committed to modernization.
  • LAO’s concerns with the current compensation funding model included the need for defined salary caps, salary compression and the use of other sources of funding to increase salaries as well as the need for a pay-for-performance regime.
  • There has been extensive consultation, and the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) has provided LAO with a report on its views. The ACLCO retained the services of The Hay Group to analyze LAO’s CCFF discussion paper and provide commentary.
  • This proposed framework is a funding model, as opposed to a compensation regime (under a funding framework, unlike a compensation structure, LAO provides funds within a specified range, and each clinic determines its own compensation philosophy and methodology). Its implementation will not result in a reduction in funding levels to any clinic, and there will be no change in the benefits that LAO is currently providing.
  • It will allow for more flexibility, provide for a pay-for-performance regime and relieve compression. The job classifications of five key clinic roles established in 2002 are substantially the same and not in need of a review. When clinics assume responsibility for the administration of compensation, LAO will provide any advice and assistance necessary.

3.2 Discussion

The Board discussed information it had received from the ACLCO and MAG.

3.3 Decision

The Board approved the Clinic Compensation Funding Framework.

4. Clinic Compensation Funding for 2012/13

The President and CEO presented the Report on Clinic Compensation Increase for 2012/13 within a Compensation Funding Framework, and reported that:

  • the amount remaining in the New Investment funding for clinic compensation is $1.15 million
  • this amount translates into a salary increase of two per cent, effective April 1, 2012, plus one per cent pay equity, effective January 1, 2013.

4.1 Decision

The Board approved compensation funding for clinics for 2012/13 of a two per cent across-the-board increase effective April 1, 2012, and a one per cent pay equity payment effective January 1, 2013 within the Clinic Compensation Funding Framework.

5. Tentative agreement with OPSEU Local 525 (approve)

The President and CEO presented the Report on the Tentative Agreement with OPSEU Local 525.

5.1 Decision

The Board approved the tentative agreement reached between LAO and OPSEU Local 525 on January 8, 2013.