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Equal pay laws are contained in the Equality Act 2010. Women have the right to be paid the same as a male comparator where they do like work, work rated as equivalent, or work of equal value.
For an employer to defend an equal pay claim, it must demonstrate that any differential in pay is due to a “material factor”, and that the factor is not due to a difference in sex. Examples of material factor defences include length of service, skills and qualifications, performance and levels of responsibility.
Pay secrecy clauses in an employee’s contract of employment are unenforceable where the employee is involved in a relevant pay discussion.
1 Mar 2019
Fifteen prominent UK organisations have signed a commitment to work towards mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting and to encourage other businesses to do so.
14 Feb 2019
“Thousands” of current and former Morrisons shop floor staff are claimed to be in the process of bringing an equal...
31 Jan 2019
The Court of Appeal has ruled that Asda store workers can compare themselves to warehouse workers in their long-running equal...
28 Jan 2019
The United Arab Emirates Gender Balance Index award winners have been announced – and they are all men, despite an...
18 Jan 2019
Thousands of female council workers in Glasgow could receive payouts reaching more than £500m after their union representatives agreed a...
16 Jan 2019
The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The...
18 Dec 2018
A former manager at TalkTalk has brought a tribunal claim against the telecoms company, claiming she was paid 40% less...
10 Dec 2018
Academics, students and leading politicians have launched a boycott of the University of London in support of outsourced workers
7 Dec 2018
Russell Group universities pay academics from ethnic minorities significantly less than white colleagues
16 Nov 2018
A former Co-operative Group HR director has won her claim for equal pay and unfair dismissal against the company, following...
9 Nov 2018
One third of employees do not know it is illegal to pay men and women differently for equal work, the...
25 Oct 2018
MPs have demanded that the BBC urgently removes “discriminatory” pay practices and puts in place transparent pay structures to ensure...
23 Oct 2018
Hundreds of schools and nurseries are closed in Glasgow after around 8,000 workers began a two-day strike over a long-running...
12 Oct 2018
An appeals court hearing concludes today in another episode of the long-running Asda supermarket equal pay case.
The three-day hearing...