Feds iron­ing out de­tails of pay eq­uity leg­is­la­tion

StarMetro Vancouver - - Canada -

The Lib­eral govern­ment hasn’t de­ter­mined how its highly touted pay eq­uity law will work, with key el­e­ments like cost and en­force­ment still un­de­cided for the plan that was an­nounced as a high­light of the gen­der-fo­cused 2018 bud­get, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial.

Emily Har­ris, a com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser for Em­ploy­ment, Work­force Devel­op­ment and Labour Min­is­ter Patty Ha­jdu, said Tues­day the govern­ment is still fig­ur­ing out how its up­com­ing law will en­sure peo­ple in fed­er­ally reg­u­lated sec­tors who per­form work of equal value re­ceive equal pay.

The bud­get cen­tred on an ar­gu­ment that em­pow­er­ing women will un­lock bil­lions of dol­lars in eco­nomic growth. One mea­sure to do this, ac­cord­ing to the Lib­eral govern­ment, is to nar­row the long-stand­ing rift in earn­ings be­tween male and fe­male work­ers.

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