Québec Pay Equity
Companies who have six (6) or more employees in Québec are required to comply with the Québec Pay Equity Act.
The Act came into force in 1996, and there have been various compliance deadlines and delays. The first was November 2001 and the last was December 31, 2010. Companies with six or more employees must fill in an online form attesting to their compliance, and the officials have set another deadline of July 1 for completing this attestation. Companies with 10 or more employees must do a prescribed analysis to determine if they have any pay equity-related problems. The law provides for hefty fines for non-compliance – although this provision has been used rarely.
The government appears to be flexible and apparently is not looking for opportunities to take a heavy-handed approach – but it is clear that they insist on compliance.
If you have employees in Québec – you should take steps to comply with the law.