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.
On March 3, 2010, the federal government presented the Speech from the Throne in the House of Commons. The speech cautiously affirmed that Canada's Economic Action Plan is working, although the effects of the global recession have not fully faded. Tax cuts and enhanced Employment Insurance benefits are providing direct support to Canadians who have paid into government programs over the years and now need help. The government intends to complete the second year of the economic plan and to continue creating jobs and growth. It will work with its provincial, territorial and municipal partners to ensure that measures under the plan come to an end by March 31, 2011. Visit HRinfodesk to read more.
It's the beginning of the year and employers are gearing up for annual employee performance reviews. Although employment standards legislation is silent on the topic, there are some principles that have come out of the common law that are important for employers to know.