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Establishing the Reference Period related to Pay Equity

The reference period of a company is based on when it officially began its activities (hiring of the first employee) and/or when it reaches 10 or more employees. The pay equity obligations of the company are then established based on the maximum number of employees reached during this period. Once the requirements of pay equity for the company are established, they remain constant throughout the life of the company, regardless of changes in the number of subsequent employees.


Beginning of company Activities            Business Reference Period  (reaching 10 or more employees)
Operating on November 21 1996    From  November 21 1996 to November 20 1997
Between  November 21 1996 and March 12 2004  12 months from the date of hiring the first employee
Between March 13 2004 and March 12 2008 12 months from the date of hiring the first employee
Between March 13 2008 and today    From January 1 to December 31 of the calendar year.
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