16 February, 2016
In a long awaited move, the government has now published the draft Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016. The regulations are intended to come into force in October 2016, although employers will not be expected to publish the information immediately.
The draft regulations set out the framework for the new Gender pay reporting requirements and as expected employers with over 250 employees will be required to introduce systems or processes to analyse their gender pay gaps.
Employers will be given lead-in time of around 18 months after commencement to publish the required information and then to publish annually thereafter. The reports must also be uploaded to the government.
The regulations apply to both the private and voluntary sector and will require employers to publish their overall mean and median gender pay gap. The draft regulations provide instructions on how to calculate these figures.
The draft Regulations are open for consultation until 11 March 2016.
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