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Gender pay equity: How do you measure up?

The gender pay gap has been much in the news lately as well as on the minds of the CEO and CHROs. It’s an issue that exists at the intersection of state/federal legislation, social values/ethics, and the economic realization that gender pay equity is good for business.

 

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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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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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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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Pay equity: Gender wage gap program

Last year, the Ontario Pay Equity Commission launched what it calls the Gender Wage Gap Program to measure the extent of gender wage gaps in the public and private sector workplaces in Ontario. The measures will determine how effective the Pay Equity Act has been in establishing equitable compensation practices since its inception, and whether gender discrimination in pay practices is still prevalent in workplaces. The program is ongoing.

 

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Women’s expectations in the workplace may play critical role in how they are treated at work

Canadian women starting their careers still expect to earn considerably less than men, wait longer then men for promotions, and have lower salaries after five years of working, according to a soon-to-be-released study. This despite the fact that some believe we are reaching the point of equality in the workplace. Why is this happening? Why do women still have these expectations?

 

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Women in the workplace – another take

The gap between men and women is still very significant when it comes to employees in the top ranks of the financial sector. That is, there are still very few women in senior executive roles in Canada’s financial institutions. Worse yet, there are currently no women in line for a CEO position at a big bank.

 

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The underrepresentation of women in the workplace

I just read an interesting report about women in the workplace. Essentially, the report suggests that women remain underrepresented relative to their male counterparts, even though they form a highly educated and skilled labour pool in the market. Given the skills shortage that is expected to occur in the near future due to mass retirements of senior baby boomer workers, this is an unsettling finding. But why is this happening?

 

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Women in the workplace Part II: why is Canada lagging in wage gap ranking?

I have been reading some interesting articles recently regarding women in the workplace. A recent report put Canada at number 20 in a global measure of equality between men and women. Canada was actually rated number 33 in the world concerning earned income gaps. Why is this still happening?

 

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Women in the workplace Part I: are women preventing themselves from achieving power in the workplace?

The other day, I read an interesting article regarding an interview with the author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. The author argues that it is actually women themselves who are preventing the achievement of female power in the workplace.

 

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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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