Matthew Pinto-Chilcott, Owner of Consensus HR comments: “When I saw this latest press article in relation to Equal Pay and the fact that they are predicting now that the pay gap will not close until 2044, I was shocked. The Equal Pay Act 1970 was one of a range of equality Acts such as Race Relations Act 1976, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to name a few. These were all repealed in October 2010 when the Equality Act 2010 was introduced and considering this was over 48 years ago, we still have a long way to go! The Equality Act 2010’s main points are:
- Legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replaces previous anti-discrimination laws within a single Act making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. Full details of the Act can be found by clicking here on the Governments Legislation website.
As outsourced HR Consultants we ensure that all our clients work to best practice and the law and the Equality Act 2010) EQA 2010) is just one piece of Legislation we ensure our clients, and their teams adhere to throughout as nobody should receive unfavourable treatment in the workplace. We work with all our clients to ensure that a comprehensive, user friendly Employee Handbook is provided that is written in plain English and that full access is always available through our IT system should it be needed by any member of the team. The protected Characteristics under the EQA 2010 in part 2, Chapter 1, sections 5-12 are:
- Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnerships, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.
Awards if proven at an Employment Tribunal can be unlimited
NEWS ARTICLE: Gender pay gap will not close until 2044.
Analysis by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) shows that the gender pay gap is almost 15% and widens “dramatically” after women have children. The report also reveals that women effectively work for free for 54 days due to the discrepancy between what men and women are typically paid. Women aged between 50 and 59 have the highest pay gap of 20.8%, while for those aged 60 and over it is 18.4%. The gender pay gap is largest in the South East of England (17.9%) and East of England (17.5%). TUC analysis of official data shows that the gender pay gap has fallen by an average of 0.4 percentage points a year since 2011. At the current rate of progress, it will take until 2044 for pay parity to be achieved. TUC general secretary Paul Nowak said: “Working women deserve equal pay, but at current rates of progress, it will take more than 20 years to close the gender pay gap.” He added: “It’s clear that just publishing gender pay gaps isn’t working. Companies must be required to publish action plans to explain what steps they’ll take to close their pay gaps, and bosses who don’t comply with the law should be fined.”