Employers can pay higher rates or bonuses for unsociable hours. In our November 2006 e-bulletin we reported a tribunal decision that a bonus for night work was unlawful indirect discrimination against women, given their greater likelihood of being unable to work such hours due to childcare responsibilities. The EAT has overturned this decision, holding that the legitimate objective of rewarding night work would not be achieved if those who did not work nights were paid the same amount. The Equal Pay Act does not require employers to compensate for the economic disadvantages suffered by those who have childcare responsibilities. (Blackburn and Manley v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, EAT)