2016 promises to be another “interesting” year for employers and the issue of gender pay equality is likely to be high on many employers “to do” lists.
It has been unlawful since the Equal Pay Act 1970 (46 years ago) to pay women less than men to perform like work (or work of equal value), but the gender pay gap still exists. Prior attempts by both this and previous governments to tackle this issue have failed. Adopting the mantra that with greater transparency will come greater fairness, the Government will introduce regulations before 26 March 2016 which will make it compulsory for organisations with 250 or more employees to publish information about the difference in pay between men and women. Details of what this will look like in practice and specifically how and when employers will be required to publish this data are eagerly awaited.