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Newfoundland & Labrador

Pay Equity

Which legislation addresses equal pay in my jurisdiction?

In Newfoundland and Labrador the Human Rights Code provides for equality of pay. It applies to both the private and public sectors.

How does the law measure equality of pay?

The law measures equality of pay based on wages, pension rights, insurance benefits.

How does the law compare different kinds of work?

The law looks at work requiring the same or similar work under the same or similar working conditions, requiring the same or similar skill, effort and responsibility.

What reasons does the law consider acceptable for differences in pay?

Under the Human Rights Code: a seniority or merit system is considered acceptable to justify differences in pay.

How do I make a complaint about equality of pay discrimination?

A complaint may be filed with the Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission who investigates and attempts to settle the matter. The Commission may refer the matter to a Board of Inquiry; the decision of the Board may be appealed to the Trial Division. A complaint may be filed instead with the Provincial Court.

Are there restrictions on recovering wages if my complaint is successful?

Complaints must be made within 6 months of the contravention, or within 6 months of the last incidence of a continuing contravention.

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