Equal Pay

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what penalties are available for companies that fail to report on gender pay gaps by 4 April 2018.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Large employers have to report their gender pay gap by the deadline, 30 March for the public sector and 4 April for the private and voluntary sector. This is not optional; it is the law.

Failing to comply with the new gender pay gap regulations would be an unlawful act under section 34 of the Equality Act 2006 and be subject to Equality and Human Rights Commission enforcement.

Employers who fail to report on time will be in breach of the regulations and risk facing legal action from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. This could ultimately lead to court orders and fines.

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