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Pay equity: Closing the wage gap

Despite the dramatic increase of women in the workforce and the existence of pay equity legislation, gender wage inequality remains a persistent problem in Canada. As part of an ongoing study on gender disparity for the Globe and Mail, Statistics Canada reported in March 2016 that a woman working full-time makes 73.5 cents for every dollar a man makes. The article also notes that Canada has the eighth highest gender wage gap among 34 industrial countries according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

 

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Gender wage gap has not been closing: Report to the Ontario government

The gender wage gap steering committee recently submitted its final report to the Ontario government. The main finding was that the gender wage gap has not been closing and the government must take action. Further, the committee stated that there is much that employers can do immediately in order to ameliorate the situation.

 

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Pay equity: Employer requirements

Pay Equity is a requirement on Ontario employers to ensure that workers are paid equally for work of equal value, regardless of their gender. The requirement on employers arises out of the Pay Equity Act, which was passed by the Ontario Government in 1987 and became effective January 1, 1988; there was an amendment to this Act in 1993 as well.

 

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Small employers are not complying with Ontario’s new accessibility and employment laws

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According to an AODA Alliance news release and a Nov. 18, 2013, Toronto Star article, the Ontario government fully knows that 70 percent of Ontario private sector organizations with at least 20 employees have not complied with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s (AODA) reporting requirements. Reports were due December 31, 2012. This is not surprising because in my experience, most small businesses are simply not aware of the law.

 

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Quebec Superior Court invalidates certain provisions of the Pay Equity Act

A coalition of unions led by the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) has won a court challenge against certain provisions of the 2009 reform of Quebec’s Pay Equity Act. The provisions in question require…

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most viewed articles on HRinfodesk this week deal with temporary layoff, why women receive less severance than men, and changes to first aid requirements under the Canada Labour Code.

 

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Have you heard? Our annual Employment Law Conference is next week

You’ve probably already heard about the Ontario Employment Law Conference coming up on June 13—that’s next Wednesday!—but have you registered yet?

 

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Are you required to have a pay equity plan?

One purpose of Pay Equity is to redress differences in compensation due to systemic gender discrimination suffered by persons who occupy positions in predominantly female job categories. Only the provinces of Quebec and Ontario have pay equity legislation that covers the private sector. The Pay Equity Act in each province requires employers with 10 or more employees to provide equal pay for work of equal value.

 

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