Federal Pay Equity

The Conference Board of Canada, May 1, 2019
Recorded Webinar
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A new proactive Pay Equity Act—which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018—will require federal private sector employers with 10 or more employees to establish and maintain a pay equity plan within set time frames to identify and correct differences in compensation between predominantly female and predominantly male job classes for which the work performed is of equal value. This new Act will also apply to Federal public sector employers, including Crown Corporations.

Regulated employers will also be required to post notices, set out their obligations and report on key milestones. In addition, all pay equity plans will have to be reviewed and updated at least once every five years. All unionized employers, and non-unionized employers with 100 or more employees, will have to establish a pay equity committee to develop or update the pay equity plan, with employer, union and non-unionized employee representatives.

Join Jean-Francois Vernier and Lucille Raikes, pay equity experts at Willis Towers Watson, as they walk through the highlights of the new legislation, and identify some of the top challenges for federally regulated employers going forward.

Webinar Highlights

During the 60 minute recorded webinar, WTW’s consultants:

  • Present the key elements of the new legislation.
  • Describe the steps required to conduct one/or multiple pay equity plans.
  • Provide examples of how some organizations are preparing for this significant new legislative change.

About Jean-François

Photo of Jean-François VernierJean-François Vernier, leads Willis Towers Watson’s Pay Equity Practice for Canada. He has been a senior consultant for more than 30 years assisting large and medium-sized corporations with pay equity, compensation and workforce management initiatives.

By diversifying corporate compensation and HR practices, and aligning them with strategic corporate goals, Jean-François helps employers get a better return on their overall compensation and HR investments. Through these initiatives, Jean-François helps clients gain a competitive edge by improving both employee engagement and the company’s ability to achieve the desired results. He has created many pay equity plans and audits that meet both legal and organizational requirements for Canadian federally-legislated clients.

About Lucille

Photo of Lucille RaikesLucille Raikes is a Senior Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Rewards practice, based in Montreal. With 20 years of experience, she works with organizations to design new and innovative talent and reward programs that support and drive business goals. She has managed a variety of compensation projects over the years that have included conducting total compensation studies, career leveling/job evaluation programs, salary structure and incentive programs, and several projects related to both Ontario and Quebec pay equity. Lucille has also managed the development of broader HR programs such as competency development, career management and performance management. Lucille holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree from London Business School in London, England.

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