Pay equity under review

Legislation needs updating for modern working world.
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2002

The legislative framework for federal pay equity in Canada is going under the microscope.

Possible changes being considered could see federally regulated employers given greater responsibility to ensure employees receive equal pay for work of equal value, as well as a better understanding of what “work of equal value” means.

In announcing the creation of a new task force to study the legislation, Anne McLellan, Minister of Justice, said that as the legislation hasn’t been changed since it was introduced in 1977, a review is needed to provide “clarity in the way in which pay equity should be implemented in a modern society.”