The Ontario Pay Equity Act (the Act) of Ontario was passed effective January 1, 1988, by all political parties to eliminate systemic gender discrimination in female type of work. The Act covers all Employers in the Public Sector and. Employers in the Private Sector with 10 or more employees. All Employers are required to achieve and maintain compensation practices that provide for pay equity.
Every organization should incorporate risk management into all aspects of human resources planning. Which means making an effort to identify sources, levels, etc. of risk and then coordinating the resources required to minimize these risks. This is especially the case where there the risk involves compliance with legislation that requires employers to be responsible for implementation, achievement and maintenance as part of self-managed process.
Compliance with Ontario’s Pay Equity Act is often overlooked as a potential risk faced by employers. The price of non-compliance or simply ignoring the responsibility to complete a prescribed analysis to determine if pay equity-related issues exist can be significant. Not only does the law provide for fines for noncompliance, but there is also a potential retroactive adjustment or payment requirement (including interest payments) for the year(s) that an employer failed to comply beyond their original pay equity plan posting date.
This session will provide the information and tools that HR and business professionals need to assess compensation programs and ensure that they are following the requirements of Ontario Pay Equity Act. Participants will learn how to proactively plan ahead and reduce potential exposure to pay equity claims.
At this session you will learn:
1. Basic pay equity terminology
2. How you audit pay equity compliance and maintenance status?
3. What does maintaining pay equity require?
4. Steps required to demonstrate maintenance
5. Changes in the workplace impacting pay equity
6. The role of the union in maintenance
7. Proactive steps and practical strategies to ensure ongoing compliance
12:00PM Welcome and Introductions
12:05PM Speaker Presentation | Q&A
1:30PM Event Concludes
Registration Closes: June 15, 2022 at 8:00 AM.
Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Bobbi-Lyn Smith at BLSmith@hrpa.ca
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