Deadlines pass for Que. pay equity compliance

Many firms required to implement plan, publicly post compliance efforts
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2011

The deadlines around Quebec’s pay equity legislation have been keeping Michael Hiles very busy.

“I’ve got a lot of clients running around with their hair on fire,” says Hiles, owner of human capital management firm A. Michael Hiles & Associates in Beaconsfield, Que.

As of Dec. 31, 2010, employers in Quebec subject to the amended Pay Equity Act of 2009 were required to have implemented a pay equity plan. Those that fail to comply could face a complaint filed with the pay equity commission and have to pay salary adjustments, with interest, along with potential fines. Employers at different stages of the pay equity process have different obligations and, as of March 1, 2011, affected employers were required to publicly post compliance efforts.