Equal pay

Susie Munro Editor's message: Although there has been a decrease in the gender pay gap since the introduction of equal pay legislation in 1975, there is still a substantial gap between the pay of men and women four decades later.

The Equality Act 2010 gives women and men the right to claim equal pay with each other under their contract of employment. Be mindful of the distinction between equal pay and fair pay. The Act embodies the right to "equal" pay, it is not concerned with ensuring "fair" pay.

Regulations due to be introduced in October 2016 will achieve greater transparency by requiring employers in the private and voluntary sectors with 250 or more employees to publish information about gender pay gaps. Stay up to date with this issue at Employment law manual > Equality and human rights > Equal pay > Future developments.

Susie Munro, senior employment law editor

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