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Posted 23 July 2015
by Stephen Jennings

Closing the gender pay gap

The Government has now confirmed that it will legislate under section 89 of the Equality Act 2010 which gives the Government power to issue regulations requiring employers who have 250 or more employees to publish gender pay information.

On 14 July 2015, the Government published a consultation paper on the implementation of gender pay gap reporting. The consultation paper includes key questions covering the type of information that ought to be required, how frequently the information should be updated, and whether the size threshold of 250 employees is appropriate.

The consultation on the proposals for the regulations ends on 6 September 2015.

Guidance on the “Think, Act, Report” framework has been re-published. This Guidance suggests types of measures that employers could put in place to help achieve the aims of identifying gender pay gap issues, acting on them and publishing information about them. It encourages voluntary action by employers to identify and act transparently to address gender pay gap issues.

Larger employers should consider carrying out an equal pay audit now, as although no draft regulations have yet been produced, it is anticipated that the regulations will be laid in the beginning of 2016. Once the requirement to publish gender pay information is in place, this may encourage employees to bring equal pay claims. If you are concerned about equal pay issues, we would be happy to give our view.

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About the author

Stephen Jennings

Partner

Partner in the litigation department specialising in employment law, he is the relationship manager for many of the firm's employment clients