Equal Pay

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st February 2017.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 is intended to facilitate the use by the Equality and Human Rights Commission of their enforcement powers relating to the elimination of unlawful sexual discrimination in the field of employment.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Non-compliance with the regulations will constitute an ‘unlawful act’ and fall within the existing enforcement powers of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) under the Equality Act 2006.

The EHRC can investigate an employer who it suspects of committing an unlawful act, with a view to making them put it right.

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