LETTER: Business owner debates the finer points of N.L. pay equity legislation

LETTER: Business owner debates the finer points of N.L. pay equity legislation


As a business owner, I feel that I must passionately debate the nuances of the recently proposed pay equity legislation in Newfoundland and Labrador. This legislation will have a drastic impact on the corporate sector and the way that I manage my own business.

This bill proposes to limit the salary gaps between men and women in the workforce and to ensure that all employees are being remunerated equitably. Although this legislation has been put forth with the best of intentions, I feel that it fails to address some of the most pressing issues in the business community.

The legislation will require all employers to provide pay equity audits, which could be a costly and time-consuming process for many companies. Furthermore, the legislation fails to provide financial assistance or incentives to business owners who are struggling to pay the salaries that are demanded by the legislation.

Moreover, the legislation does not provide sufficient protection to business owners who are already paying their employees above the proposed thresholds. This means that, in some cases, employers might be forced to pay employees who are already earning a decent salary even more.

Finally, I feel that the legislation fails to take into account the economic realities of our province. In times like these, when the economy is struggling, it is difficult for employers to keep up with the demands of the proposed pay equity legislation.

Ultimately, I believe that pay equity is an important issue, but I feel that the proposed legislation is not the right way to go about achieving it. I urge the government to take a closer look at the issue and to consider the implications of their proposed legislation on the business community.

Yours sincerely,

[Business Owner]