Day One: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

10:15 EDT

45 min

Pay Equity in Context: Challenges, Goals and Impacts

Susannah Crabtree, Partner & Career Leader, Canada, Mercer

Diversity, inclusion and equal pay may have taken a back seat in the past, but with Covid newly highlighting the plight of women, pay equity is more important than ever. This session will cover

  • Stats and fact on the wage gap
  • Current circumstances and the impact of Covid on male/female inequalities
  • Weaknesses of complaint driven pay equity
  • Pay equity as a tool in creating a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Understanding the big picture so that every step in the process makes sense

11:00 EDT

45 min
Jackie VanDerMeulen

The Pay Equity Process: Project Management, Timetables and Work Plans

Jackie VanDerMeulen, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP

  • The pay equity exercise: what’s involved?
  • Considerations in conducting a privileged and confidential pay equity review
  • Allocating time and resources to manage costs and keep the project on track
  • Effective communications
  • Project scheduling
  • Processes, steps, tools and techniques involved in planning and analyzing Pay Equity
  • Why projects are late and/or over budget

11:45 EDT

45 min
Jennifer Hodgins

What You Need to Know about Constituting a Committee: Where, When, Who and How?

Jennifer Hodgins, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Canada LLP

  • Requirements for larger and unionized employers
  • When is establishing a committee optional?
  • Who must be represented on the committee?
  • How many women must be on the committee?
  • What about non-unionized employees?
  • Challenges

12:30 EDT

45 min


13:15 EDT

195 min
Cynthia MacFarlane

Hands-on Mock Pay Equity Analysis

Sandra Haydon, Sandra Haydon & Associates

Cynthia MacFarlane, Principal, Mercer

Find out what you can do now for a head start, prior to the Act coming into force.
Then work through a fact situation based on the strict requirements for how employers MUST measure a job’s worth to the organization for purposes of compensation including:

  • Identification of Job Classes Within the Workplace
  • Determining Gender Predominance in Each Class
  • Determining the Value of Work Performed By Each Class: Equal Average Method
  • Determining the Value of Work Performed By Each Class: Equal Line Method

16:30 EDT

End of Day One

Day Two: Thursday, October 14, 2021

12:30 EDT

45 min


14:00 EDT

45 min
Marie-Eve Jean

Pay Equity Audits, Enforcement Orders and Monetary Administrative Penalties - What Can Employers Expect?

Kyle Lambert, Partner, McMillan

Marie-Eve Jean, Associate, Employment and Labour Relations, McMillan LLP

  • How can we expect the Pay Equity Act will be enforced?
  • What do we expect the government to be looking at closely?
  • Fines and penalties?
  • Failure to post a plan
  • Fines for every day an organization is in violation?
  • If there is a gap, pay retroactively with interest?

14:45 EDT

15 min


15:00 EDT

60 min
Ian Cullwick

Impact of Pay Equity -- on Just About Everything

Ian Cullwick, Telfer School of Management

  • Change management and communication
  • Analytics and costing
  • Impact on collective bargaining
  • The Pay Equity Plan
  • Impact of pay equity on Human Resources and Compensation Strategy
  • HR governance
  • Risk management

16:30 EDT

End of Day Two