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LEGISLATION UPDATE

IS PAY EQUITY LEGISLATION

COMING TO ALBERTA?
BY DAN BOUCHER, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, CPHR ALBERTA

PAY EQUITY is going to get a lot of
attention this year. Politicians and
courtrooms across Canada are rolling out legislation and judgments
focused on wage discrimination. The
recent pay disclosure report in the
United Kingdom revealed how much
disparity exists in leading internationally-active Canadian companies.
With the topic of pay equity making
headlines once again, will Alberta's
government choose one more platform before the next election?
Six Canadian provinces have
enacted pay equity legislation, with
another three provinces mandating
frameworks for pay equity negotiation frameworks for public employees. Alberta is the sole province
without either. Much of this legislation isn't new, either. Ontario recognized the 30th anniversary of its
Pay Equity Act by introducing new
initiatives around enforcement of the
Act late last spring. The Supreme
Court of Canada is working on the
file as well, with two cases currently
before the Court to address disputes
related to Quebec's pay equity laws.

Pay equity was a central theme
to the 2018 federal budget, too. In
announcing their intent to introduce
pay equity legislation for federally
regulated sectors, the Government
of Canada weighed in on the issue.
The proposed legislation will affect
over 1.2  million employees in the
Federal Public Service.
So what do you need to know
if legislation is forthcoming from
Edmonton? First, expect a different
timeline than last year's changes
to Alberta's Employment Standards
Code. While the changes were the
broadest update to the Code in
two generations, introducing a Pay
Equity Act would be an entirely
new initiative. Even if the Alberta
Government used another province's
act as a model, consultations and
other engagement would likely push
the introduction of new legislation
late into the fall. Implementation
would likely require enforcement
and hearings mechanisms, so more
time would be required to set these
areas up. In short, this needs to
move slowly.

Second, you'll need to look at job
classes. This means that legislation
will look at the duties and responsibilities of a job, not just the job titles,
when comparing salaries. Parts of the
legislation will define what threshold
exists for a class to be defined as
a 'male job class' (currently 70% or
more of the employees in that role are
male for Ontario), and a 'female job
class'. The legislation would need to
define the processes to compare male
and female job classes, too.
Pay equity legislation is unlikely
to be enacted in Alberta before the
next election. However, risks to your
company through civil lawsuits,
decreased morale, recruitment
challenges and more, provide good
reason to evaluate your organization's salary structure. Speak to a
CPHR designated HR professional to
learn more.
Dan Boucher is CPHR Alberta's Director of
Research and Regulatory Affairs, where
he leads a member-focused team dedicated to strengthening HR professional
standards. www.cphrab.ca/research
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018

Leadership Matters
A Vision for 2018 Workplaces
Cultivating a Culture of Innovation: Innovation is People!
Do You have these Types of Fraudulent Claims on Your Benefits Plan?
How to Avoid ‘Career Misery’ in Your Workplace
Legal Corner: Rolling Out New Employment Contracts?
Legal Corner: Demystifying Constructive Dismissal
Legislation Update: Is Pay Equity Legislation Coming to Alberta?
Suppliers’ Guide
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Intro
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - cover1
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - cover2
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CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 4
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Leadership Matters
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - A Vision for 2018 Workplaces
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CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 8
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 9
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Cultivating a Culture of Innovation: Innovation is People!
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CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 12
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 13
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Do You have these Types of Fraudulent Claims on Your Benefits Plan?
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 15
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - How to Avoid ‘Career Misery’ in Your Workplace
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Legal Corner: Rolling Out New Employment Contracts?
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Legal Corner: Demystifying Constructive Dismissal
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 19
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 20
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Legislation Update: Is Pay Equity Legislation Coming to Alberta?
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Suppliers’ Guide
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CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 24
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - 25
CPHR Alberta Magazine - Summer 2018 - Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
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