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Critical Notice Re Pay Equity

April 6, 2011

The Government of Quebec has just issued a critical bulletin re Pay Equity ( see Below ):

Steve Woloz Associates Inc has successfully developed and implemented numerous Pay Equity Plans since the inception of the Act in 1996- 1997 and more recently in the last few months. We have all the required templates, methods and procedures well established. A typical project requires approximately 25 hours of our time with an equal number of hours on the client's part, assuming only one plan is required, which has been the case in 95 % of the projects completed to date. Assuming the client provides his full co-operation, the project is done within a four to six week period.

With this new bulletin, we are certain there will be a massive demand to have a Pay Equity plans in place, yesterday !

We are ready to help you and your clients But please tell them to contact us immediately.

For more information on Pay Equity, please click here.

We ask you please to communicate with you clients immediately. Failure to comply may result in hefty fines, **1 which are just not worth the hassle.

Employer Accountability - Pay equity

The Pay Equity Commission would like to inform you that under the Pay Equity Act all employers whose companies engage in activities in Quebec and have ten (10) or more employees are required to establish a pay equity plan or periodically review the plan to ensure that it is maintained.

Since 2009, the Pay Equity Act provides for accountability of employers, requiring them to annually complete a report relating to pay equity. As of March 1, 2011, this report became mandatory under the Regulation respecting the report on pay equity. This regulation requires all employers with six (6) or more employees to complete a report on the form prescribed by the Minister of Labour, in the six months following the end of their enterprise's fiscal year. Employers who fail to submit their report may be subject to fines.

The form is available in French at www.demes.gouv.qc.ca since March 31, 2011.

As you are aware, all companies with 10 or more employees are legally required to implement or update their Pay Equity Plan ( PEP ) by December 31, 2010. The Commission de l'équité salariale (CES) has stated in Article VIII Chapter 115 ,that companies failing to have their plan complete by December 31, 2010 , will be subject to fines as shown below:

  • moins de 50 salariés 1000 $ à $ 15,000 Première infraction
  • 50-99 employés de 2000 $ à 30.000 $ Première infraction
  • 100 employés de 3000 $ pour $ 45,000 Première infraction

** Second offense is double

There are two ways in which an audit may be triggered:

  1. CES random checking
  2. Any unhappy employee in a company has the right to file a complaint , which will trigger an audit by the CES --- then the company is forced to defend itself.

Do not allow your clients to be exposed. Today, October 2010, we are in the process of conducting numerous "audits" and are experienced to set up from scratch or simply update a PEP. Should your clients need assistance to comply, please do not hesitate to contact us via any of the co-ordinates below. We are receptive to discuss how we may reciprocate with any referrals.