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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 administered both by Union and Employers representatives.

2.1 What is the purpose of the Parity Committee?

The first goal of the Parity Committee is to insure the application of the Decree. In doing so, the salary and the conditions of labour of the employees are not a factor of competition between the contractors, bringing a healthy and equitable competition for all. Furthermore, the Parity Committee gives advice, gives references and informs all persons concerned by cleaning services.

2.2 Who governs the Parity Committee?

A board of directors formed of five persons representing the employers (The Association of Quebec Building Service Contractors Inc) and five persons representing the employees (The Service Employees Union, Local 800) governs the Parity Committee.

The Board meets every month and discusses the preoccupations of the employers and employees in order to find concrete solutions to the problems of the cleaning services industry.

2.3 Who are the employees of the Parity Committee?

The personnel of the Parity Committee is formed of inspectors, office employees, an assistant director and a director. Their task is to advise you and to simplify your task by clearly explaining what are your rights and obligations.

2.4 How does the Parity Committee function?

The inspectors make regular visits to the employers at their place of work and to employees on their work sites.

An inspector is available during office hours to answer requests for information and to take complaints or denunciations from employers and employees.

These operations may bring corrections in the application of the Decree or lead to more in-depth inquiries. The inspectors issue claims to employers who do not respect the Decree and may recommend pursuing them in court.

The office employees insure the follow-up of all files concerning the employers and employees of the cleaning sector. They verify if the Decree is well applied by examining the monthly reports filed in by the employers.

The office employees also answer your questions, see to the good running of all activities and send information to every person in the industry. They insure a technical support in the issuing and collection of the claims.

2.5 How is the Parity Committee funded?

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.
(Section 22 i - Act respecting Collective Agreement Decrees and Regulation respecting the levy)

2.6 Who supervises the activities of the Parity Committee?

All the activities of the Parity Committee are under the supervision of the Direction des politiques, de la construction et des décrets of the Minister of Labour of Québec. Each year, an inspection is performed to examine the budget, financial report and the annual report of activities.
(Sections 23, 25, 26 - Act respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

2.7 Does the Parity Committee have any powers?

To apply the Law, the Parity Committee has the power to penetrate any place of work and place of business of an employer.
Of course, this must be done during reasonable hours.
(Section 22 e, Act respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

The Parity Committee has the right to examine the pay register and may also require the production of any document relating to the application of the Decree. For example, the Parity Committee may require the invoicing from the employer's sub-contractors as well as the bank statements and the returned checks of the company (see Interpretation and jurisprudence to know more).

It has the right to exercise the recourses in favour of the employees, impose a 20% fee on all amounts claimed and make any settlement, compromise or transaction deemed expedient. Furthermore, the Parity Committee may impose penal fines in case of violations of the Decree.
(Sections 22 a, b, c, d, e - Act respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

The Parity Committee may also personally sue the administrators of a company in cases where it is impossible to collect from the company.
(Section 22 a, Act respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

2.8 Does the Parity Committee also have obligations?

The Parity Committee must investigate and verify the application of the Decree. It must consider any complaint from an employer or employee respecting the carrying out of the Decree.
(Section 24 - Act respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

It must obtain compensation in cases where the Decree is not applied. Thus, when no agreement is possible concerning a claim in favour of an employee, the Parity Committee must undertake the legal procedures required.
(Section 22a- Act respecting Collective Agreement Decrees)

The Parity Committee also gave itself a mission of informing all employers and employees on their rights and obligations, to serve the principal cultural communities in their language and to be a centre of reference for all the cleaning services industry.