Ask the ExpertCategory: QuestionsCalculating vacation pay for hourly employee
hri_Admin Staff asked 4 years ago

Hi there.
Is there specific AB legislation which prohibits employees from sharing salary information with one another?
My understanding is that: (1) there is no legislation in place wrt one employee sharing their salary with another; and (2) employers with policies which prohibit this practice, are unenforceable.
Can you please provide some guidance, please.

Louise Bonneau replied 4 years ago

Sorry, this is not about vacation pay… the tag should be to “Employees Sharing Salary Information’.

1 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 4 years ago

Great Q and a timely one–even if I wasn’t so timely in answering it 🙁   What you’re talking about is a concept known as pay transparency and I think it’s poised to become the next big thing in HR law.
Last month, Ontario became the first province to adopt a pay transparency law, which takes effect on Jan. 1. Among other things, the law bans employer reprisals against employees for discussing salary with each other. (I believe the protection also extends to job applicants.) And a policy banning such info sharing would, of course, be unenforceable.
But that’s Ontario only. At least for now. I’d be quite surprised if other provinces, maybe even Alberta, adopted their own pay transparency laws some time in the not too distant future. But it hasn’t happened yet. Hope that helps. Glenn