Salary/Wage Adminstration

The County of Newell has permanent, seasonal and term employees. Employees are paid by direct deposit on a bi-weekly basis.

Permanent employees are paid a salary or an hourly wage. Salary employees are placed on a six step grid according to their skills, knowledge and education. Salaries are adjusted annually based on the council approved Cost of Living Allowance.

Hourly permanent employees have a four step wage grid which is adjusted periodically based on the council approved Cost of Living Allowance.

The grids are designed to allow a fully-trained employee with above average performance to obtain the last grid step by year five.

The County of Newell periodically conducts a salary review to compare our salaries to other municipalities and adjusts salaries accordingly.

Overtime

Where overtime is applicable it is calculated as set out in the Employment Standards Regulations for Alberta.

Annual Vacation

All full time permanent employees receive annual vacation with pay, based on the following schedule:

< 1 year up to 1 week
1 year 2 weeks 
2 years 3 weeks
6 years 4 weeks
14 years 5 weeks
20 years 6 weeks

All seasonal part-time and temporary employees are provided with vacation pay in addition to their regular wage each pay period, based on the following schedule:

< 1 year 4%
1 year 6%
6 years 8%
14 years 10%
19 years 12%

Benefits

The premiums for the following benefits are currently paid 100% by the County:

  • Basic Group Life (2 times annual salary)
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (2 times annual salary)
  • Health Care Spending Account ($1,000 per year)
  • Dental (100% Basic Coverage; 50% Major Restorative)
  • Extended Health Care (100% Reimbursement)

The premiums for the following benefits are currently paid 100% by the employee:

  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability

Health & Wellness

In the interest of employee productivity, healthy living and reducing employee sick leave an allowance of up to $100.00 per year is available to be used towards participation in an approved health and wellness program such as, but not limited to, curling, skating, hockey, golf, health clubs, dance, and swimming.