Tag archives: pay equity

La nouvelle Loi sur l’équité salariale s’en vient

L’équité salariale occupe une place importante dans l’actualité québécoise et canadienne depuis plusieurs mois. En effet, une importante saga judiciaire s’est terminée en mai 2018 lorsque la Cour suprême a décidé qu’une loi sur l’équité salariale, adoptée par une législature provinciale ou fédérale, ne pouvait refuser aux femmes l’accès à des ajustements rétroactifs en cas de discrimination salariale. Du coup, certaines dispositions de la Loi sur l’équité salariale (LÉS) québécoise étaient déclarées inconstitutionnelles.

Comme d’habitude en pareilles circonstances, le législateur québécois a été invité à retourner sur la planche à dessin et à proposer une nouvelle mouture de la LÉS … Continue Reading

Bill C-86 Receives Royal Assent: New Leaves, Greater Notices, Proactive Pay Equity & More

Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures (the “Bill”), received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. As noted in our previous publications on the Bill’s amendments to the Canada Labour Code (the “Code”) and the introduction of the new (proactive) Pay Equity Act, significant cost and resource-intensive changes to the federal sphere of employment, labour and human rights law are now at every federally-regulated employer’s doorstep.

The Bill provides that many of the amendments to the Canada Labour Code will not come … Continue Reading

Employeurs sous réglementation fédérale : préparez-vous, l’équité salariale proactive s’en vient

Plus tôt cette année, nous avons appris que le gouvernement fédéral allait de l’avant avec sa promesse de renouveler le régime fédéral d’équité salariale  À ce jour, le gouvernement fédéral n’a pas présenté de loi. Cependant, dans le Budget de 2018, le gouvernement a promis un régime fédéral d’équité salariale proactif concordant avec celui de l’Ontario et du Québec : l’équité salariale proactive. Selon le Budget de 2018, la nouvelle loi fédérale sur l’équité salariale :

  • s’appliquerait aux employeurs fédéraux comptant au moins 10 employés et les exigences sur l’équité salariale seraient intégrées, dans la mesure du possible, aux
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Federal Employers: Get Ready, Proactive Pay Equity is on the Horizon

Earlier this year, we learned that the federal government is going forward with its promise to re-vamp the federal pay equity system. As of yet, the federal government has not introduced any legislation. However, in the 2018 Budget Plan, the federal government has promised a proactive federal pay equity system in line with Ontario and Quebec’s: proactive pay equity. According to the 2018 Budget Plan, the new federal pay equity legislation would:

  • Apply to federal employers with 10 or more employees, with pay equity requirements built as much as possible into existing federal compliance regimes;
  • Establish a streamlined pay
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The Supreme Court of Canada will hear a pay equity case

In October 2016, we informed our readers and clients that the Québec Court of Appeal had unanimously upheld a Superior Court decision finding certain sections of the Pay Equity Act (Act) unconstitutional. The sections of the Act in question are those relating to retroactivity, employee participation in audits and posting of audit results.

As was expected, the Attorney General of Québec (AGQ) applied for leave to appeal of this decision before the Supreme Court of Canada. On April 27, the highest Court in the country granted this request to the AGQ.

This leaves everyone in limbo as to … Continue Reading

Key employment law developments expected during 2017 in Québec

In the course of the year, it will be interesting to see how the Government of Québec will deal with pay equity matters. In an important decision issued last October, the Québec Court of Appeal declared that several sections of the Pay Equity Act were unconstitutional. More specifically, it struck down the ’09 provisions dealing with the maintain and posting exercises. The Attorney General has filed an application for leave to appeal of this decision before the Supreme court so nothing is settled yet. In addition, the federal government recently announced its intention to compel employers subject to the federal … Continue Reading

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