Equal pay

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.


UK organisations choose to ignore new employment regulations

12 Nov 2004

Many UK organisations have not taken any action to address recent employment legislation because they believe they will never be...

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TUC to push for rise in adult minimum wage

11 Nov 2004

In its annual submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC), the TUC will today recommend an increase in the adult...

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Nursing directors’ pay does not reflect responsibilities of the job

21 Oct 2004

NHS directors of nursing are taking on new responsibilities, struggling to take their leave entitlement and working increasingly longer hours,...

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Eurostar staff vote to accept pay deal

21 Oct 2004

RMT union members at Eurostar have voted by by nearly 10 to one to accept the improved pay, grading and...

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Another week and still more furrows to plough

19 Oct 2004

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Another week and still more furrows to ploughThis week it’s gender pay gaps...

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Gender pay gap is wider than previously estimated

19 Oct 2004

New earnings figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that the gender pay gap was 19.5 per cent...

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Men rule the roost in OH on pay and career prospects

5 Oct 2004

Despite being dominated by women, OH is just like any other business when it comes to pay and career progression. Sally O'Reilly reports

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Females sold short as male peers earn 23 per cent more

1 Oct 2004

Female occupational health practitioners earn on average 23 per cent less than their male counterparts, according to a survey by LexisNexis IRS for the journal Occupational Health Review

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Playing fair

1 May 2004

The European Court of Justice is Europe’s supreme legal body that ensures legislation is consistent in each member state. Its...

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Out of site

1 May 2004

Employers in the construction industry need to wake up to anti-discrimination and equal opportunity laws before there is a further slump in skills shortages and manpower.

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How to calm Civil Service unrest

20 Apr 2004

Last week, tens of thousands of civil servants took to the streets in a series of separate strikes.  Staff at...

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Vulnerable employees

1 Apr 2004

In this series, we delve into the XpertHR reference manual to find essential information relating to one of our features.

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Painting over the cracks

30 Mar 2004

Diversity and equality are not the same thing. HR would be wise to remember that. Equality is the one that counts

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Driving home equality

1 Mar 2004

Bowing to pressure from its trade unions, BMW Group’s once strike-ridden Oxford plant agreed to take a partnership approach to...

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Time for review

1 Mar 2004

The new Equal Opportunities Commission Code of Practice on Equal Pay, launched in December 2003, recommends pay audits as the best means for employers to ensure their pay system delivers equal pay. What does UK business think?

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