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Practices

Workplace Equity

Fasken

Fasken guides all types of organizations through the establishment and audit of workplace equity programs that comply with applicable legislation. If disputes arise, we represent employers before enforcement authorities, boards and tribunals.

 

Workplace equity programs do more than ensure fair hiring, treatment and compensation of employees. They also create, in many instances, advantages for your organization.

 

In Canada, employment equity legislation governs federally regulated businesses such as banks, telecommunications company and crown corporations.  Provincially regulated businesses can also be subjected to employment equity obligations pursuant to the Federal Contractors Program.

 

In addition, human rights, employment standards and pay equity legislation govern, to various degree, an organization’s compensation practices on a national or regional basis, aiming to correct systemic wage discrimination for female-dominated job classes or pay inequity in the performance of equal or substantially similar work.

 

Foreign and domestic companies should be aware of this legislative framework when structuring employment strategies or completing M&A transactions.

 

We’ll work with you to draft and update employment policies that prevent problems before they occur. We can also assist in creating comprehensive plans to achieve pay equity. If necessary, we’ll help you prepare for and respond to audits, investigations or allegations of discrimination.

 

We assist and represent human resource professionals, managers and directors with efficient, cost-effective advice and support aimed at ongoing compliance.