Federal Government Publishes Draft Amendments to Pay Equity Regulations

The federal government recently published proposed regulations which would amend the Pay Equity Regulations (Regulations) made under the federal Pay Equity Act (Act). The Act addresses systemic gender discrimination in compensation practices and pay systems as well as the portion of the wage gap attributable to the undervaluation of work traditionally done by women. The…

Federal Pay Equity Commissioner Denies Application by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat to Establish Multiple Plans

On June 22, 2023, the Interim Pay Equity Commissioner (Commissioner) denied a request by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, on behalf of the Treasury Board as employer (TBS), for authorization to establish three pay equity plans for employees in the core public administration (CPA). The establishment of multiple plans is an exception to the…

Update on Medical and Personal Leaves under the Canada Labour Code, Upcoming Deadlines under the Accessible Canada Act, and More

In this Federal Post, we discuss the practical challenges confronting federal employers when implementing the new medical and personal leaves under the Canada Labour Code. We also look at upcoming compliance deadlines under the Accessible Canada Act regulations and the federal Pay Equity Act.

CHRT Seeks Feedback on Draft Rules and Forms Regarding Pay Equity

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has published and is seeking comments on its Draft Rules Respecting Pay Equity and accompanying draft forms. Comments are due by May 10, 2022. Background On August 31, 2021, the federal government proclaimed in force the Pay Equity Act (Act) and related regulations. The Act applies to federally regulated…

Beyond COVID-19: 2021 Year in Review – Cases and Legislation of Note

Employers and human resource professionals will undoubtedly remember 2021 as another year shaped by the pandemic. But … there were also legal developments in 2021 that were not related to COVID-19. In this FTR Now, we look at some of the year’s notable “non-pandemic” cases and legislative developments of interest.

Appellate Court Confirms that Employers are not Obligated to Negotiate with Unions in Maintaining Pay Equity

On September 21, 2021, the Ontario Divisional Court issued Ontario Nurses’ Association v. 10 Community Care Access Centres, an important decision on pay equity maintenance. The Court confirmed that a union, in the context of seeking a joint process with an employer to maintain pay equity, does not have a right to negotiate the maintenance…

Advantage CPD: Federal Pay Equity Webinar

Please note registration for this event is now closed. Fee: Complimentary Overview With the introduction of the federal Pay Equity Act (Act), many federally regulated employers will soon be subject to a proactive pay equity scheme. The Act comes into force on August 31, 2021 and employers should be preparing for the expected changes. Format In this…

Important Updates Regarding the Federal Pay Equity Act, the Canada Labour Code and CLC Regulations

In this Federal Post, we cover recent developments with respect to the federal Pay Equity Act, amendments to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) and highlight the proposed amendments to the CLC Regulations that are currently open for public consultation. Federal Pay Equity Act In Force on August 31, 2021 By: Lucy Wu The federal Pay…

HRPA Pay Equity Certificate

From April 26 – April 28, 2021, Carolyn Kay will instruct the HRPA Pay Equity Certificate program. Topics covered: Module 1: The Ontario Pay Equity Act: Introduction and Enforcement April 26:  8:30AM -12:30PM Module 2: Achievement of Pay Equity April 27:  8:30AM -12:30PM Module 3: Maintaining Pay Equity and Consequences of Non-Compliance April 28: 8:30AM…