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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