Acting Equal Pay Commissioner Appointed
YELLOWKNIFE (October 10, 2023) – The Speaker, on the recommendation of the Board of Management of the Legislative Assembly, has recommended the appointment of an Acting Equal Pay Commissioner, Ms. Renée Caron.
Under the Public Service Act, the Speaker, on the recommendation of the Board of Management of the Legislative Assembly, may appoint an acting Equal Pay Commissioner to hold office until a person is appointed as Equal Pay Commissioner. Ms. Renée Caron’s appointment as Acting Equal Pay Commissioner takes effect October 30, 2023.
Renée Caron has been a leader at the executive level in pay equity operations and policy for nearly 15 years. Recently, she played a key role in the development of the federal Pay Equity Act. She has more than 25 years' experience in employment and labour relations, including at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the Privy Council Office, the Canada Industrial Relations Board and in the private sector. She authored the seminal text, Employment in the Federal Public Service, published by Canada Law Book and cited by the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Caron holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
A competitive process to recruit an Equal Pay Commissioner will be initiated within the 20th Assembly. The Equal Pay Commissioner is appointed for a four-year term by the Legislative Assembly. They are responsible for ensuring that the right to equal pay for work of equal value in the Public Service Act is protected. That right applies to employees in the NWT public service and the NWT Power Corporation, and to teachers. It requires their employers to pay all employees who perform work of equal value the same rate of pay, regardless of sex. The Commissioner receives and investigates complaints about the right to equal pay for work of equal value.
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