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Canada Fired WRHA executives earned over $500k in severance in 2019: documents

14:02  01 july  2020
14:02  01 july  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Typical severance packages offer one to two weeks of paid salary for every year worked. Stall for time to review the document and think it through. Middle managers and executives usually receive a higher amount. Some executives , for example, may receive pay for more than a year.

a man looking at the camera: Lori Lamont, a former executive with the WRHA, earned over $530,000 in 2019 after being fired in September. © CBC Lori Lamont, a former executive with the WRHA, earned over $530,000 in 2019 after being fired in September.

Two Winnipeg Regional Health Authority executives earned over $500,000 in combined severance after being fired in 2019, according to newly released compensation disclosures.

Lori Lamont, the region's former chief operating officer and Bruce Roe, the former chief medical officer, had their annual salaries jump to over $500,000 in 2019 — despite neither working the entire year.

Lamont earned $536,000 last year, compared to just over $200,000 in 2018, while Roe's earnings were $516,000 last year, compared to $330,000 in 2018.

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Your severance pay received in 2019 will generally be taxed according to the usual income tax rates, which have decreased starting with the tax year 2018. Your withholding on a lump sum severance payment will be at a flat rate of 22 percent. If you receive severance pay

Employers must establish a documented Executives and HR professionals typically agree on a formula of how to offer a severance agreement that is fair and equitable given the circumstances. Look over the non-compete in terms of three areas: geography, scope of the agreement, and duration.

Paul Turrene, a spokesperson for the WRHA, attributed the jump to severance paid out after they were terminated from their positions.

Manitoba Liberal leader Dougald Lamont said there are still lingering questions about why these executives were let go.

"These people are ultimately supposed to be running the show and if these people are being fired or being terminated, it is important to know why," Dougald Lamont said.

Roe became the WRHA's top doctor in September of 2017, but suddenly departed the position less than two years later. No official reason for the termination was given by the health authority.

Lori Lamont, who was also the vice-president of nursing, was quietly fired from the authority in September of 2019 after spending two decades working at various positions within the authority — the latter decade in senior leadership positions.

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How severance is paid. Employers can pay severance in a lump sum, or via regular pay periods for the specified duration. A company may require employees to sign documents , such as a legal release, Hold Harmless Agreement, etc., before releasing severance pay.

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Lamont served as interim president and CEO in 2015 after Arlene Wilgosh retired.

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NDP leader Wab Kinew said the money could have been better spent elsewhere and it shows the dysfunction in Manitoba's health care system.

"The question I have is why is Mr. Pallister paying people half a million dollar to cut health care, close emergency rooms and leave health care aides and nurses wages frozen?" Kinew said,

Under Manitoba's Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act, government entities must each year disclose the salary of every public sector employee that makes more than $75,000. The salaries include overtime, retirement/severance pay, lump sum payments, vacation payouts and benefits.

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In a prepared statement, Bruce Owen said the $250,000 could be made up of a variety of things such salary, overtime and vacation payouts.

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