Editor's message: Equal pay legislation has been around since the 1970s, giving men and women the right to claim equal pay where they perform "equal work". The gender pay gap, however, covers the difference in the average earnings of men and women, regardless of their role or seniority. The causes of the gender pay gap are varied, including the impact of women taking time out of the labour market to have children.
To address the gender pay gap, the Government is introducing a completely new requirement for all large organisations to publish details of their gender pay gap. The information will need to include the difference in hourly earnings as well as the gap in bonus pay. Although the legislation is due to come into force on 6 April 2017, the information you publish will need to reflect bonuses paid as early as April 2016.
The legislation does not contain penalties if you fail to publish your gender pay gap, but there may be negative reputational ramifications if you do not report. However, according to the explanatory note in the draft Regulations, a failure to comply may result in the Equality and Human Rights Commission taking enforcement action.
Bar Huberman, employment law editor
We have made some significant changes to our How to guidance on measuring and reporting a gender pay gap, in light of the revised draft Regulations put before Parliament in December 2016.
Sign up to our webinar on gender pay gap reporting, which takes place on 8 February 2017. In a live Q&A surgery, employment lawyers Patrick Brodie and Kelly Thomson will answer questions from the audience on the gender pay gap reporting duty.
Sign up for our live gender pay gap reporting webinar on 8 February 2017. Employment lawyers Patrick Brodie and Kelly Thomson will take you through the new gender pay gap reporting duty, which is due to be introduced on 6 April 2017, and answer questions from the audience in a special Q&A surgery.
We discuss the key legislative developments affecting employers in 2017, including: gender pay gap reporting; the apprenticeship levy; public-sector exit payments and changes to statutory rates.
Regulations requiring employers with 250 or more employees to publish information on their gender pay gap are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017.
Revised to reflect the draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017, put before Parliament in December 2016.
The gender pay gap for employees in their 20s has halved in a generation to 5%, according to new research.
We look at the key legislative changes, cases, consultations, holidays and pay forecasts for 2017.
The Government has published a revised version of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. A new FAQ sets out the main changes to the previous version of the Regulations, and our other gender pay gap reporting FAQs have been updated.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the gender pay gap.