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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.
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...
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