Layoffs will be hitting some staff at Cassellholme with a total of ten positions being effected to some degree in an attempt to meet the requirements for mandated pay equity, according to chief executive officer, Jamie Lowery.
“There was a blend of tactics we’ve undertaken to meet our obligations to pay equity,” he said. “Some are reductions to part time, but only a couple were true layoffs. We started looking at internal processes we could save on as well as cuts to overtime before even looking at making cuts to the staff level.”
Lowery said they were required to make cuts to offset the $587,000 in pay equity they were mandated to cover—which he admits was a surprisingly high amount.
He said the increase in relation to personal support workers is due to the provincial changes to educational requirements in 2011, making the process a lot more demanding. He also said a big impact was having to make retroactive payments as far back as January 1.