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Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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Special Focus: Employment Standards

Over the past five years, the PEi Advisory Council on the Status of Women has given special attention to the policy issues around employment standards as they affect women. The Council has made submissions to various government consultations on employment standards and related issues.

Most recently, in March 2010, Council submitted "Considering the Two-Tier Wage," a submission to the Standing Committee on Community and Intergovernmental Affairs consultation on Different Minimum Wage Rates.

In January 2006, the Province of Prince Edward Island initiated a review of its Employment Standards Act, the labour code for the province. 

The Advisory Council on the Status of Women submitted a recommendations report to the Review Panel in March 2006. These recommendations focused primarily on Maternity, Parental, and Adoption Leave.

After its public consultations, the Employment Standards Review Panel presented its recommendations in a Final Report in September 2006.

The Province invited comments from groups that had participated in the public consultation. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women submitted its analysis of the Review Panel's Recommendations in August 2007.

In January 2008, the Advisory Council restated the importance of up-to-date Employment Standards in light of public hearings on Sunday shopping.

In November 2008, the Advisory Council submitted a brief to the annual review of the minimum wage.


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