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Transparency will work. Sunshine, after all, is the best disinfectant
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/29/2018

Pay equity hasn’t worked. Equal pay for equal work hasn’t been much better at moving the needle. Now, Ontario is charging forward with proposed legislation that would require organizations to be transparent with pay practices.

In an age of overregulation, it’s another frustrating burden on employers. But it’s the only option left after decades of indifference — and it is going to work.

Last year, Ontario’s Pay Equity Office marked the 30th anniversary of the province’s pay equity legislation with, among other things, an advertising campaign that touted the progress. When the law was passed in 1987, Ian Scott — Ontario’s attorney general and solicitor general — fêted the move.