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       What is the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal


The Pay Equity Act established the Tribunal to hear and decide pay equity disputes. The Tribunal has exclusive jurisdiction to determine all questions of fact or law that arise in any matter before it. The decisions of the Tribunal are final and conclusive for all purposes.

The Tribunal is a quasi-judicial body. This means that, while it operates in many ways similar to a court, there are important differences. Like a court the Tribunal is impartial, is independent of government and must provide all parties with a fair hearing and fair process.

Unlike a court, the Tribunal's decision-makers are appointed for their specialised expertise in labour and employment law, compensation systems, and pay equity. In making its decisions the Tribunal must consider the specific issues in dispute between the parties in the context of the policy objectives of the Pay Equity Act. The Tribunal's proceedings are expected to be less formal, less expensive, and more expeditious than court proceedings.

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