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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.
8 Jul 2019
The crowd at this weekend’s Fifa Women’ World Cup final were heard to chant “equal pay” as the US team...
11 Jun 2019
The equal pay claim being pursued by hundreds of Sainsbury’s staff can continue to be heard, an employment tribunal has...
28 May 2019
The BBC is once again in the spotlight after it offered a more experienced male employee a higher salary than...
28 May 2019
The Court of Appeal has ruled that employers can enhance maternity pay, while only offering statutory shared parental pay for fathers.
10 May 2019
A former NatWest employee has won a £150,000 pay out after it emerged she was earning thousands of pounds less than a male colleague.
18 Apr 2019
The low number of women in senior positions in organisations could be down to a lack of understanding of leadership...
5 Apr 2019
There may not have been a dramatic change in the gender pay gap, but HR, analytics and reward specialists are far from gloomy about what the latest crop of reports reveals
1 Apr 2019
Last October, chancellor Philip Hammond, trumpeting the end of austerity in his Budget address, told MPs that the national living...
27 Mar 2019
The UK’s slight gender pay gap narrowing means it is in step with other economically similar nations. But Germany has...
12 Mar 2019
The BBC is being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission following complaints that female employees were not paid...
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...