Pay Equity Settlement FAQ:

Pay Equity Settlement Between Sault Area Hospital (SAH) and Unifor Local 1359

In 1987, the Ontario government passed the Pay Equity Act. The Act describes the minimum requirements for ensuring that an employer’s compensation practices provide pay equity for all employees in female job classes.  The purpose of the law is to redress systemic gender ​​discrimination in compensation for work performed by employees in female job classes.

The Act requires all public sector employers to value and compare jobs usually done by women to those usually done by men in an objective and consistent way using factors of skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions. A female job class must receive compensation that is at least equal to the compensation that is paid to a male job class of equal or comparable value.​ The Pay Equity Act (the Act) requires employers to identify and correct gender discrimination that may be present in their pay practices and to adjust the wages of employees in female job classes so that they are at least equal to the wages of employees in male job classes when they are found to be comparable in value based on skill, effort, responsibility and working conditions. 

Employers are required to ensure that their compensation practices provide for pay equity on an ongoing basis. In a unionized setting, employers and unions are not allowed to enter into agreements that, if implemented, would result in a contravention of this requirement.

An example of how different jobs can have the same value:

In a workplace, an administrative assistant job class may require different kinds and levels of physical effort and have very different types of working conditions than a custodian job class. There may also be different kinds and levels of responsibility, mental effort and skill for the two jobs classes. However, when these four factors are applied in a gender-neutral and consistent way to both job classes, the value of the secretary job class may be the same or higher than the custodian job class. In this case, the law may require the secretary job class to be paid at least the same as the custodian job class.

The following table outlines the positions that are eligible for a pay equity settlement. 

Period

Clerical Bargaining Unit

Service Bargaining Unit

January 4, 2010 to

October 10, 2010

HIMP Lead, Accommodations Clerk, Staffing Clerk, Clinic Assistant II, Buyer, Surgical Booking Clerk, Patient Referral Clerk, Collections Clerk, Telephone Triage Clerk, Patient Registration Clerk, Office Assistant E, Booking Clerk E, Database Assistant, Non Accredited Technician, WSIB/Out of Province Booking Clerk, OHIP Billing Clerk, Transcriptionist, Preferred Accommodation Clerk, Unit Assistant.

RPN, Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Lead Porter CTS, Renal Aide, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

October 11, 2010 to October 10, 2011

HIMP Lead, Accommodations Clerk, Staffing Clerk, Clinic Assistant II, Buyer, Surgical Booking Clerk, Patient Referral Clerk, Collections Clerk, Telephone Triage Clerk, Patient Registration Clerk, Office Assistant E, Booking Clerk E, Database Assistant, Non Accredited Technician, WSIB/Out of Province Booking Clerk, OHIP Billing Clerk, Transcriptionist, Preferred Accommodation Clerk, Unit Assistant.

RPN, Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Lead Porter CTS, Renal Aide, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

October 11, 2011 to October 10, 2014

HIMP Lead, Accommodations Clerk, Staffing Clerk, Clinic Assistant II, Buyer, Surgical Booking Clerk, Patient Referral Clerk, Collections Clerk, Telephone Triage Clerk, Patient Registration Clerk, Office Assistant E, Booking Clerk E, WSIB/Out of Province Booking Clerk, OHIP Billing Clerk.

Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

October 11, 2014 to October 10, 2015

ED Clerk, Accommodations Clerk, Clinic Assistant II.

Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

October 11, 2015 to October 10, 2016

ED Clerk, Accommodations Clerk, Clinic Assistant II.

Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

October 11, 2016 to October 10, 2017

ED Clerk, Accommodations Clerk, Clinic Assistant II.

Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

October 11, 2017 to October 10, 2018

ED Clerk, Accommodations Clerk, Clinic Assistant II.

Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

October 11, 2018 to October 10, 2019

ED Clerk, Accommodations Clerk, Clinic Assistant II.

Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

October 11, 2019 to October 10, 2020

ED Clerk, Accommodations Clerk, Clinic Assistant II.

Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

From October 11, 2020 to September 13, 2021

ED Clerk, Accommodations Clerk, Clinic Assistant II, Unit Assistant II Women & Children’s Health

Physio. Therapy Assistant/Rehabilitation Attendant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Personal Support Worker, Medical Device Reprocessing Technician, Child Life Worker, Recreational Therapy Assistant, Food Service Worker, Sewing Aide, Laundry Helper.

 

 

No, the pay equity settlements will be made to all eligible positions described above.

Yes, with proper documentation the settlement will be paid the estate of the deceased.

Pay equity settlements will vary based on eligible position and hours worked during the periods (as outlined in #2 above).  Details and amounts of settlements will be provided to each eligible employee and each eligible former employee upon confirmation of identity. Total pay equity settlement amounts or pay equity settlement amounts by position or year will not be disclosed.

Sault Area Hospital is using administrative records to locate and identify potential claimants. Sault Area Hospital will also use internal communication channels, mail outs and online channels if required to inform employees and former employees.  Payments to current employees will be automatically processed and no action is required by current employees.  Former employees, or executors of estates, must follow the required process to validate their identify prior to any payment being made.

Information about the Pay Equity Settlement Between Sault Area Hospital (SAH) and Unifor Local 1359 and the process to validate identity has been mailed to the most recent address Sault Area Hospital has on file. To validate your identity, you will need to provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN), current government issued photo ID, as well as current banking information including a void cheque. If you believe you should have received a letter and did not, you can call Human Resources at 705-759-3434 ext. 2463. A different process will be followed if you are the executor of an estate.

The process for former employees to validate their identity will conclude on June 10, 2022.

Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) will be used to cross-reference with Sault Area Hospital records to validate your identity.  An individual’s name, address or other personal information could change, making it difficult to use this information to validate an identity. Your Social Insurance Number is also required in order for Sault Area Hospital to pay the eligible settlement which is essentially wages from a prior time period.  

Your Social Insurance Number is required in order for Sault Area Hospital to make the eligible settlement which is essentially wages from a prior time period.  

In most circumstances:

  • Full time staff who are active or retired would be pensionable.
  • Part time staff who are active or retired would be pensionable for the period of time when the staff was a member of HOOPP and contributing to HOOPP.
  • Terminated or deceased staff would not be pensionable.

Per the Pay Equity Settlement agreement between Sault Area Hospital (SAH) and Unifor Local 1359, no interest will be paid on settlements.

Yes, Income Tax, CPP, and EI will be deducted from the payment.

Once an individual’s identity is confirmed and it’s determined a pay equity settlement is due, banking details will be confirmed and payment will be processed.

Providing Sault Area Hospital with banking information will result in a timelier payment for an eligible individual. 

Current and former employees will receive a high level summary of total hours and settlement by period via letter after the payment is made.

For current employees, the pay equity settlement amount will be reported on your T4.  Sault Area Hospital will issue a T4A slip as required by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for former employees.  In addition, a T1198 – Statement of Qualifying Retroactive Lump-Sum Payment will also be completed for all current and former employees.  Special Tax calculation may apply if you received over $3,000 – If you require further details please contact the CRA or your tax professional.