Previously published in Examiner
Part 5 of the women in the corporate world series
In Canada equal pay legislation is currently in force in every province or territory except Nunavut. Both the public and private sectors must adhere to the equal pay legislation, however, only Manitoba , New Brunswick , Nova Scotia , Saskatchewan and the Yukon (private sector) enact the legislation through the employment standard policies of those jurisdictions. The rest of Canada has equal pay for both genders incorporated in their human rights provisions. Depending upon the actual legislation, equal pay can mean, wages, commission, bonuses, employer contributions to health or disability plans, benefits and vacation pay, severance pay, or benefits such as housing and other accommodations afforded the job in question.
The first equal pay legislation in Canada at the federal level was enacted in 1977 and then ratified in 2000 when a pay equality task force was created to set out to further more effective equal pay law. The law was implemented to standardize the different provincial legislation and acts.
Women today still, on the average, earn less than men. Back in 1963, an American woman earned roughly 59% of what a man earned for the same job, and today, as of 2007 stats, they earn roughly about 81% of what a man earns for the same job. The wage gap between male and females salaries decreases by about a half of cent per dollar per year.
In Canada on average, a women earned 64.7 to 71.9% of every dollar made by a man in 2008 on annual earnings. For hourly wages they made 83 cents for every dollar a man made for the same job and duties pertaining to that job. After applying an adjustment ratio it becomes 93 cents for every dollar a male earns.
Even though we have come a long way in wage parity we have a long way to go, attitudes still prevail that women are just not equal, and cannot do as good a job as a man. This too is the common attitude in the USA.
To be continued
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