Government has indicated that the Federal Pay Equity Act which received Royal assent in December, 2018 is expected to come into force in early 2021.
Once the Act comes into force, it will impact both private and public sector employers in federally regulated workplaces with 10 or more employees. For Provincially regulated companies in Ontario and Quebec, Pay Equity legislation is already a requirement.
Whereas Employment Equity legislation focuses on the intersection of four demographic segments (Women, Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities) and corporate talent management practices (e.g. recruitment, training and development, promotions), the Act is solely focused on gender differences in compensation practices.
Employment Matters Consulting has a proven history of supporting its federally regulated clients with their workplace compliance needs. Our Canadian Human Resources Reader’s Choice Awards in 2016 and again in 2020 are testaments to our service delivery approach and quality of work over the last many years.
In anticipation of the Act coming into force, we have expanded our advisory capacity to provide integrated compliance advisory services – across both Employment Equity and Pay Equity platforms. Our team now includes Pay Equity consultants with expertise acquired across private, public, union and non-union workplaces.