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Gender pay gap reporting regulations delayed

The gender pay gap was in the spotlight recently after publication of a report into the issue by the Institute of Fiscal Studies.


This has highlighted the forthcoming Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”) as these are one of the Government’s intended measures for closing the gap.  These Regulations will apply to all IPA member agencies with at least 250 employees who ordinarily work in Great Britain and whose contract is governed by UK legislation.

Publication of the final version of the Regulations has, however, been delayed.  It was originally expected that they would be published this summer and come into force on 1st October.  It is now envisaged that the Government Equalities Office will respond to the consultation on the draft Regulations before finalising them for implementation in April 2017.  If this is the case, the timetable is likely to be that:

  • The “relevant date” for employers to produce their first snapshot of pay data, will remain at 30 April 2017.
  • The first gender pay gap reports must be published by 29 April 2018.
  • After 30 April 2018, affected employers must produce and publish an annual report.

For further information about the draft Regulations issued earlier this year, please see the IPA’s employment lawyer, Juliet Bawtree’s, employment law alert.  This explains:

  • who the Regulations will apply to;
  • what the requirements are;
  • how and where information should be published;
  • how pay is defined;
  • how the Regulations will be enforced; and
  • the then proposed timetable for implementation of the Regulations.
Last updated 07/09/2016

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