Gender Pay Gap – Consultations Begin Ahead of Introduction

By Sam Thomas | 22nd August 2016 | 14 min read

The Government Equalities Office has begun consultations to gather views and opinions ahead of October's changes to Gender Pay Reporting in England.

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The changes, which will affect public sector employers, are due to come into force in October 2016 and are intended to result in better transparency for around 3.8 million employees.

XpertHR content director Mark Crail said: “The proposals do not contain any surprises for HR professionals who have been keeping an eye on what is happening in the private sector.

“But implementing them will mean that most public-sector bodies – or at least, those with 250 or more employees – need to go some way beyond their existing commitments under the current public-sector equality duty, and there will have to be some tidying up of reporting dates.

“It is also worth noting that the Regulations are not just about local authorities and NHS trusts. They will apply to schools and colleges, regulatory and advisory bodies such as ACAS and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), and the BBC and Channel 4. The security services are just about the only part of the public sector to escape scrutiny.

“Finally, HR professionals in the public sector should be aware that, although there is no mechanism at all to force private-sector employers to comply with the Regulations, the EHRC will be able to apply to the courts for a compliance order against any public-sector body that fails to report its gender pay gap.”

The consultation deadline is September 30th and feedback can be given here.

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