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What is the Parity Committee?

The Parity Committee is an organization put in place by the Québec Government to insure the application of the Decree. The particularity of the Parity Committee being that it is governed both by Union and Employers representatives.

The role of the Parity Committee is to:

  • Administer and supervise the application of the Decree.
  • Receive complaints in cases of violation of the Decree.
  • To inquire and have inspections done on the work sites and at the employer's head office.
  • To claim from employers the amounts due to employees.
  • To defend employees in court whose rights have not been respected.
  • To inform employers and employees of their rights, duties and obligations.

The Parity Committee does not receive any financing from the Government. It finances itself with a levy of 1% on all salaries, divided equally between employers and employees: 0,5% deducted directly on the employee's pay and that amount is matched by the employer. Each month, the employer calculates and sends the levy of 1% to the Parity Committee.

Powers of the Parity Committee

The Parity Committee has the powers necessary to the achievement of its mission. Thus, to ensure the law is applied, the Parity Committee has the capacity to enter the places of work and the head office of the employer.
(Article 22 e, An Act Respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

The Parity Committee can require a verification of the pay records and ask the employer to produce any document relating to the application of the decree. It has the capacity to exert recourse in favour of the employees, to impose fees of 20% on the claimed sums and to carry out any settlement, compromise or transaction, considered to be suitable.
(Articles 22 a, b, c, d, e - An Act Respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

The Parity Committee can also personally sue the administrators of a company whenever it is impossible to collect the amounts due from the company.
(Article 22 a, An Act Respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

In the course of its investigations, the Parity Committee has the right to question any employee, whether he or she has brought a complaint against the employer, or not . The employee thus questioned also has the duty to provide all the information relating to the application of the law. It may happen that the employer and the employee agreed not to follow the rules. The employee who would refuse to answer the questions of the inspector, or who would impede the investigation, would expose himself or herself to having to pay a fine for obstruction to the inspection.
(Article 33, An Act Respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)