B.C. pay equity legislation repealed

“Misguided” NDP law swept away by housecleaning bill

Last spring, shortly before its defeat at the polls, British Columbia’s NDP government amended the province’s Human Rights Code to include pay equity provisions. Those amendments had not yet taken effect. Now they will be repealed when the province’s new Liberal government passes Bill 11, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2001. That bill received First Reading on Aug. 8.

The NDP amendments would have allowed any woman who felt she was not being paid as much as a man in the same workplace doing similar work to complain to the B.C. Human Rights Commission.

The repeals do not necessarily mean the end of pay equity in B.C. Attorney-General Geoff Plant announced that an independent task force has been appointed “to review options, models, costs and effectiveness of private sector pay equity legislation and to make recommendations to the Legislature.”

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