Quebec pay equity laws causing headaches

A survey by Quebec’s HR association casts doubt on employers’ ability to meet province’s implementation deadlines
By Luis Millan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2001

The majority of Quebec firms have hardly begun working on amending, implementing or introducing pay equity programs even though a government-imposed deadline is less than a year away, according to a recently published survey by the Quebec Order of Chartered Human Resource and Industrial Relations Counsellors.

Enacted three years ago, Quebec’s Pay Equity Act compels “every employer whose enterprise” employs 10 or more employees to redress differences in compensation due to systemic gender discrimination by next November.

But in spite of the looming deadline, only a scant 12 per cent of Quebec companies have completed their pay equity programs.