Legislative measures to promote equal pay

Legislative measures to promote equal pay
Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills
Publisher
BIS
Date of publication
17 January 2011
Subject(s)
People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This impact assessment evaluates equal pay and how it remains a key concern in the UK. Despite the legal framework around equal pay being in place since 1975, there is still a significant gender pay gap, and continuing evidence of non-compliance with the law in the public, private and voluntary sectors (estimated 28,000 claims per year in employment tribunals). Individually enforceable rights such as the right to equal pay do not always enable employees to challenge wider or systematic unfairness in pay and reward by their employers. Therefore, as part of a broader package of measures aimed at tackling the gender pay gap, government intervention is necessary on equal pay enforcement to ensure that employers who are found to breach the law take the necessary corrective action to ensure that they do not continue to do so.

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