Information Update – Bill 148 “Equal Pay for Equal Work” – March 28, 2018

** This message is for all employees with a part-time Support Staff employment contract with Fleming College

This email communique is to provide you with an update regarding the College’s implementation status for the Equal Pay for Equal Work (EPEW) aspect of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 which is scheduled to come into effect on April 1, 2018.  This update pertains to support staff work only; the academic aspect of EPEW is being communicated to affected employees separately.

What is Equal Pay for Equal Work?  The intent of the EPEW is to ensure employees who are performing substantially the same work, regardless of sex or employment status (e.g. full-time; part-time; seasonal) receive the same rate of pay.   Within the Act, ‘substantially the same’ means work that requires the same skill, effort, responsibility and is performed under similar working conditions in the same establishment.

Exceptions are permitted under the Act in the following circumstances, even if the work being performed is substantially similar to a comparator role:

  • A seniority system;
  • A merit system;
  • A system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production;
  • Any difference that is not based upon sex or employment status.

The College is currently in progress with reviewing part-time support staff work based upon the Act’s four criteria which are skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions.  The process to review all part-time support staff work represents a significant undertaking.   As such, we will be continuing to communicate with you regarding our key dates associated with the process.   At this time, we are striving to have the majority of the reviews completed on/before the end of May 2018 with any EPEW adjustments being back-dated to April 1st.

We anticipate the next communique to you regarding our progress on the EPEW reviews will go out during the week of April 16th.

We thank you for your patience and understanding while this work is being completed.   If you have any questions in the meanwhile, please feel free to submit your inquiry to payroll@flemingcollege.ca