Impact of Pay Transparency on SMEs: An insightful chat with Laura Gauley

In this engaging episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we were honored to host Laura Gauley, a distinguished HR Business Partner and the Lead of EmbaarqHR at Business Sherpa Group. With an impressive career spanning 18 years across multiple sectors including government, not-for-profit, and private, Laura has mastered a variety of HR disciplines. Her leadership in BSG’s EmbaarqHR initiative aims to deliver exceptional HR expertise and technological solutions to SME clients, enabling them to tackle the complexities of contemporary HR management effectively. This episode focuses on the intricacies of Pay Transparency, offering valuable insights from a seasoned professional in the field.

Key Highlight Points:

  • Laura provides an overview of Pay Transparency, discussing its implications for small businesses and the legislative landscape ahead.
  • Steps that small businesses should take to prepare for the implementation of Pay Transparency laws.
  • Insights into how Pay Transparency is likely to influence HR policies and workplace culture within small businesses.
  • Laura shares how adherence to legislative changes like Pay Transparency can enhance the workplace environment and boost employee retention.
  • A look at how the role of HR in SMEs is expected to evolve with the introduction of laws like Pay Transparency.

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We are profoundly grateful to Laura Gauley for her participation in this episode, where she shared her extensive knowledge on HR, Pay Transparency, and its impending effects on small businesses. Laura’s expertise offers SMEs a clear guide on navigating these legislative transformations as opportunities to cultivate a more transparent, equitable, and engaging workplace culture.

This  conversation underscores the significance of Pay Transparency as a driving force for positive organizational change. By proactively embracing these shifts, small businesses can not only comply with new laws but also elevate their employer brand, enhance employee loyalty, and establish new benchmarks for fairness and openness in the workplace.

Our gratitude extends to our partners: Exclusive Banking partner RBC, Exclusive shipping partner UPS, exclusive accounting software partner Xero, and exclusive E-mail partner Constant Contact, for their continued support.

To our valued listeners, we encourage you to leverage the insights shared and to subscribe to CanadianSME Small Business Magazine at  for more inspiring and educational content.