Province announces ‘pay transparency’ bill

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Ontario this week introduced legislation aimed at closing the wage gap between women and men across the province.

If passed, the “pay transparency” bill would require all publicly advertised job postings to include a salary rate or range, bar employers from asking about past compensation and prohibit reprisal against employees who do discuss or disclose compensation.

A framework has been created requiring large companies to track and report compensation gaps based on gender and other diversity characteristics and that information needs to be relayed back to the province.

The pay transparency measures will begin with the Ontario public service before applying to employers with more than 500 employees. It will later extend to those with more than 250 workers.
The government says it will spend up to $50 million over the next three years on the initiative.

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The wage gap has remained stubbornly stagnant over the past 10 years, with women earning about 30 per cent less than men.

However, one envisions many women who’ve already attained levels of seniority within their own organizations have already reached or surpassed any pay gap between them and their male co-workers. The wage gap issue exists at the lower level and at smaller firms where a vast majority of women and men end up making wages that are low by provincial standards. – CINEWS

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