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New Pay Transparency Act: Beneficial For Everyone?

By Svetlana Boykova

The Pay Transparency Act, a recent and impactful legislation, is set to bring greater accountability and openness to various sectors. This transformative law focuses on making decision-making processes more visible, marking a shift towards increased disclosure and accessibility that goes beyond traditional institutional boundaries.
The new act requires employers to provide more detailed information about their employees’ salaries. The primary purpose of this act is to eliminate wage differences between men and women and between different ethnic groups. According to research, there are still gender and ethnic pay inequalities in Canada. The act is designed to ensure transparency in wages and eliminate these inequalities. This law requires employers to provide information on average salaries by gender and ethnicity and on criteria and methods for determining wages. This allows employees to assess their situation and find out if there are wage inequalities more accurately. The new act also provides for fines for employers who refuse to provide the necessary information or commit wage discrimination. The introduction of this act is aimed at achieving equal pay and reducing the gender and ethnic wage gap.
Let’s take an example. You have two job roles – a project manager and a marketing specialist. According to the Pay Transparency Act, the employer must clarify what factors affect pay in these positions. For example, work experience, education, skills and responsibilities can be considered. The employer must also provide information about the salary. For instance, for a project manager, it may be indicated that the average salary is $70,000 per year, and for a marketing specialist – $50,000 per year. These figures may vary depending on various factors.

The New Pay Transparency Act benefits many people; however, others will lose from this new act. Introducing the Pay Transparency Act benefits employees, consumers, citizens and investors.
Employees will receive fairer pay. The law requires clarification of the factors affecting wages and the provision of information on average salaries for specific jobs. This information helps employees compare their pay with those of similar employees and identify possible inequalities. Also, thanks to greater transparency, employees get a clearer idea of exactly how their wages are determined and calculated. Information about the factors affecting pay allows for a better understanding of the remuneration system and enables employees to respond to inconsistencies. Employees also receive an improvement in their negotiating positions. Since employees can access the average salary at specific workplaces, they can use it in negotiations with the employer. Salary information allows employees to organize negotiations more effectively and increases the chances of receiving a higher payment. Another advantage is the reduction of inequality. Transparency in pay can help eliminate wage inequalities based on race, gender, or other discriminatory grounds. Employees can identify and prove violations of the principle of equal pay for equal work and demand correction. For citizens, the act provides comprehensive insights into how public resources are allocated, and decisions are made. This transparency enables informed participation in civic processes and holds government entities accountable for their actions.
Transparency is also critical for investors seeking to make informed financial decisions. The act ensures that companies disclose essential financial information, fostering a more transparent and trustworthy investment environment.

In business, consumers gain a clearer understanding of product sourcing, pricing structures, and corporate practices. This transparency allows consumers to make ethical and informed choices, shaping a marketplace driven by responsible business practices.
However, some people can lose from the Pay Transparency Act. After introducing the Pay Transparency Act, employers may need help. Providing detailed information about employees’ salaries may lead to the leakage of confidential information, create problems in relationships with employees, and violate trust. Employers may also face concerns about competition. Providing salary information can make it available to competitors and lead to competitive pressure regarding pay. Inconsistency with existing payment systems may become another problem. Some employers may need help adapting to the new legislation due to differences in pay systems. Changing and adapting systems can take time and resources. Also, introducing the Pay Transparency Act may raise employers’ concerns about disclosing possible wage inequalities and can lead to accusations of discrimination and hurt the company’s reputation. Employers will have to increase the cost of information management by introducing a new act. The requirement to provide detailed salary information may increase employers’ burdens in managing and processing this data. This information may require additional resources and costs to ensure compliance with the law. Addressing these issues may require employers to change their pay policies, update systems, and implement new procedures to ensure compliance with legislation and meet the requirements of the Pay Transparency Act. However, companies that genuinely prioritize fair and transparent compensation practices, including salary and benefits, are likely to comply more easily with the requirements of such legislation. On the other hand, organizations that attempt to hide pay inequities or lack

transparency in their overall compensation approach might face repercussions, as the act aims to ensure equal pay for equal work.
Transparency is the cornerstone of a solid and accountable society. The act represents a commitment to this foundational principle by mandating extensive disclosure across various sectors. Whether in public services, corporate practices, or educational institutions, the legislation ensures decision-makers are held accountable for their actions, fostering a culture of trust and openness. While challenges may arise during its implementation, the overarching benefits position the act as a catalyst for a more transparent and responsible future across all sectors of society

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