Care home operators brace for new gender pay gap legislation

The UK government will introduce new legislation this week that will require private sector employers to publish annual data on their gender pay gap, in a game-changing move that could result in fair pay for women in the care home sector.

Under the Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016, due to come into force on October 1, employers will need to take a snapshot of their gender pay data in April 2017, and publish the information on their UK website no later than April 2018.

The new legislation will initially apply to organisations that employ 250 people or more, although it is widely expected that this minimum qualifying criteria will reduce.

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Tim O’Callaghan, a partner at Druces LLP, said: “Many campaigners want to see the regulations apply to all employers, however small. This is understandable and, perhaps, the inevitable result of the current equality laws in the UK, the general drift of which is to eradicate all inequality between the sexes in the workplace.”

The government has stated that it will run checks to assess for non-compliance, publish league tables by sector of employers’ reported gender pay gaps and that it may name and shame employers who have not complied with the requirements.

The gender pay gap is the difference between the average pay of all male employers and the average pay of all female employers.



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