Québec Pay Equity – the compliance deadline passed on December 31, 2010, and there are still some companies who have not complied.
La Commission de L’Équité Salaraile has noticed, and we are now seeing advertisements inviting employees to ask whether or not their companies have done the work required by the law.
The urgency is greater now, of course, and if you have not completed the exercise, now is the time to get at it. The Pay Equity Act provides for substantial fines for companies who have not complied – but our experience is that La Commission is not waiting to say “gotcha”. They are, it seems, more interested in seeing that the law is respected. That means starting the process, and finishing as soon as possible.
Québec Pay Equity is not as daunting as it seems. For small companies, the steps are clear, and the requirements fairly simple. The area that most of our clients find complex is the evaluation of job catagories. While job evaluation is not rocket science, most companies have little or no experience with this type of work, and the process takes more time than they want to allocate from busy schedules.
Outsourcing the complaince work can be a cost effective decision for companies who do not have the skill, experience or time to handle this file. Larger companies with internal HR skills can easily take on this work, and to assist La Commission has excellent guides. They also have software that takes a little learning, but once mastered, is quite good.