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Ontario Delays Pay Transparency Indefinitely

In a previous article, we noted the need for the new Ontario government to provide some clarity as to if and when the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 was going to be implemented. The government has now indicated that it will delay the implementation of the Act.

Under Ontario’s Bill 57, the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018, which will likely become law before the end of the year, the effective date for the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 will be changed from January 1, 2019, to “a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor.” In effect, this represents an indefinite delay, during which time it is expected that the new government will study the legislation and consider what regulation(s) should be enacted as part of its implementation.

A number of provisions in the Pay Transparency Act, 2018 were scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2019, including a prohibition on employer inquiries into applicants’ compensation histories, an obligation requiring employers to include information about compensation in public job postings, and anti-retaliation protections for employees. Other rules under the Act, such as the requirement that employers report on compensation practices by gender (and possibly other demographic characteristics), were set to come into force in 2020 and beyond. Although Bill 57 does not so specify, it would be reasonable to assume that these additional requirements of the Act may be amended or delayed.

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Shir Fulga, Ogletree Deakiins Law Firm, Toronto, Articling Student
Articling Student

Shir is an Articling Student at Ogletree Deakins’ Toronto office.

Shir holds a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University, Faculty of Law and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Spanish from Queen’s University.

During her time in law school, Shir worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Queen’s Workplace Law course and as a Research Assistant in the area of comparative constitutional law and legal ethics. She received the Baker & McKenzie award in labour law and a Second Honourable Mention in the Phanor J Eder...

Michael Comartin, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney

Michael is an associate in Ogletree Deakins’ Toronto office. His diverse practice spans all areas of employment law, labour law, wage and hours issues, human rights, accessibility, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Michael also has experience with class actions, appellate litigation, and general litigation, having practiced in commercial and public law litigation at a previous firm, with an emphasis on class actions, judicial review, and international litigation.

Michael has appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and various labour arbitrators. Michael clerked at the Divisional Court. Michael regularly appears in Divisional Court as duty counsel as part of Pro Bono Law Ontario’s amicus project.