Overview

The following outlines the key components of legal officer pay for the Government of Alberta. Unless specified otherwise, legal officer pay is subject to overall Government of Alberta pay policies.

Application

The legal officer Pay Policy applies to legal officers who provide advice to the Government of Alberta through their employment with Justice and Solicitor General requiring membership in the Law Society of Alberta.

Application of legal pay to Non-Justice Legal Counsel positions who provide legal services and advice to the Government of Alberta and require membership in the Law Society of Alberta is on a position by position basis, as approved by the Public Service Commissioner.

Classification

Legal officer positions are classified as follows:

  • Level 1 – Legal Counsel (Opted Out and Excluded)
  • Level 2 – Manager, Zone 2
  • Level 3 – Senior Manager, Zone 1
  • Level 4 – Senior Manager, Zone 2
  • Level 5 – Senior Manager, Zone 2
  • Legal, Executive Director – Executive Manager 1
  • Legal, Assistant Deputy Minister – Executive Manager 2

Base pay

Treasury Board has approved salary maximums for legal officer work within Justice and Solicitor General. Recommendations on salary ranges are developed jointly by the ministry and Public Service Commission.

Salary ranges for legal officers are adjusted by the amount of any general increase applied to Opted Out and Excluded and/or Management classifications.

Table 1. Legal officer compensation (effective April 1, 2015)

Legal officers will be paid within the salary range of their assigned level.
Level Job code Salary range
Level 1 Legal Counsel (522LC) $3,055.53 to $3,936.73
Level 2 Justice Legal Counsel 2 (M2JLC) or Non-Justice Legal Counsel 2 (M2NJLC) $4,391.03 to $5,600.88
Level 3 Justice Legal Counsel 3 (M3JLC) or Non-Justice Legal Counsel 3 (M3NJLC) $5,535.55 to $6,467.12
Level 4 Justice Legal Counsel 4 (M4JLC) or Non-Justice Legal Counsel 4 (M4NJLC) $6,337.96 to $6,970.31
Level 5 Justice Legal Counsel 5 (M5JLC) $6,421.74 to $7,340.33
Legal, Executive Director Justice Legal Counsel 6 (M6JLC) EM1 maximum plus 20% modifier
Legal, Chief Legislative Counsel or Assistant Deputy Minister Justice Legal Counsel 7 (M7JLC) or ADM Justice Legal Counsel 8 (M8JLC) EM2 maximum plus 6% modifier

Anniversary date

April 1st is the anniversary date for all legal officer positions.

Note: The standard anniversary date for all management employees is April 1st. The Public Service Commissioner has established April 1st as the uniform anniversary date for the Legal Officer 1 (Legal Counsel).

Merit/in-range adjustments

Government of Alberta policy applies: Salary adjustments directive.

Opted Out and Excluded: Based on satisfactory performance. Up to 4%, on the anniversary date, up to the maximum salary for the assigned classification. More than 4% may be considered when the deputy head feels that the employee's performance justifies an additional amount.

Management: Based on satisfactory performance. Up to 3% annually on the anniversary date, up to the maximum salary for the assigned classification. To be eligible for an in-range adjustment, employees will normally have been in their position for at least six months, allowing for an adequate period to assess performance.

Promotion

Government of Alberta policy applies. An employee appointed to a position assigned a class with a higher maximum salary will be paid within the new salary range according to factors outlined in the salary determination directive, effective the date of promotion.

An Opted Out and Excluded employee promoted to a class with a higher maximum salary will normally receive a 4% increase in salary. The deputy head may approve an increase greater than 4% in consideration of the factors that determine salary when an employee is promoted. Management employees promoted to a class with a higher maximum salary will normally receive an in-range salary increase at an amount determined by the deputy head. An increase of up to 8% is the suggested guideline.

Salary anomaly

Government of Alberta policy applies. An in-range salary adjustment for a Management or Opted Out and Excluded employee may be approved when a salary anomaly is identified as per the directive.

Benefits

Employees receive the same benefits as provided to other Opted Out and Excluded or Management employees.

Effective date: April 1, 2015.