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July - Pro-active pay equity legislation in Manitoba

Date: 
July 11, 1985
The first ‘pro-active’ pay equity legislation outside the context of human rights legislation was proclaimed in Manitoba. Proactive legislation puts the onus on an employer to introduce a pay equity program, rather than relying on an individual or union to pursue a lengthy case (like is the case under in the Canadian Human Rights Act). Beside Manitoba, this type of legislation exists now in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Three provinces, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland & Labrador and British Columbia, have not enacted pay equity laws but have developed policy frameworks for negotiating pay equity with some specific public sector employees. Only Alberta has neither passed pay equity legislation nor developed a pay equity negotiation framework.

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