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Employee Calculation under the Pay Equity Act

To determine the number of employees that are to be considered in the pay equity exercise, an employer must average the number of employees from the payroll register during the entire year of the companies reference period. The full-time employees, part-time, casual, seasonal, temporary or long-term absentees for various reasons must be included in the exercise.


Owners, upper management, students working during their holidays, interns through a recognized professional internship program, some self-employed workers and staff working outside of Quebecshould be excluded from the exercise . For upper management be excluded, they must meet certain conditions, such as, being an owner, an important decision-maker within the company, or actively participate in the policy and direction of the business.