0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

mind the (pay) gap…

23 June 2014

Equal pay is back in the headlines with the publication of the draft Equality Act 2010 (Equal Pay Audits) Regulations 2014. Due to come into force in October, the regulations will oblige tribunals to order employers who have been found in breach of equal pay law under the Equality Act to carry out audits.

An audit would require the publication of gender pay information, the differences in pay between men and women and the reasons for those differences. It would also require the reasons for any potential equal pay breach identified by the audit and set out the plan to avoid such breaches.

Whilst it’s unlikely many employers would relish the idea of a mandatory audit, a voluntary audit can bring certainty and may uncover a few surprises. Few employers think they are discriminating in terms of pay but with figures from the Office for National Statistics showing women earning, on average, £5,000 less than men, it appears that the pay gap still exists.

related opinions

World Patient Safety Day - health worker safety: a priority for patient safety

The theme for this year’s World Patient Safety Day is “Health Worker Safety: A priority for Patient Safety” and whilst there are many different aspects to this in terms of both physical and psychological safety is vital to promote learning and improve patient safety.

View blog

Covid-19: New guidance for small scale manufacturers of PPE

The Office for Product Safety & Standards has just released its new guidance for small scale suppliers of PPE.

View blog

AI: support for buying new technology

The world of healthtech and digitech is continuing to develop at pace and as a result of Covid-19 we are seeing it being used and implemented to a greater extent across the NHS and wider health and care market.

View blog

Internal Market Bill published today – the start of the controversy?

The Internal Market Bill is published today, but amid much controversy.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up