ACAS and the Government Equalities Office have jointly published guidance on the Gender Pay Gap Regulations which are due to come into force on 6 April 2017 for large private and voluntary sector employers.
The Regulations in themselves are quite complex, and the guidance sets out a step-by-step guide to complying with the Regulations. Clarity is provided regarding how employers should handle overseas employees and how pension contributions and bonus payments should be treated for the purposes of the Regulations. The guidance encourages affected employers to go beyond the requirements of the Regulations and implement an action plan that aims to reduce the gender pay gap.
The Regulations do not contain enforcement provisions or sanctions for non-compliance however the guidance states that the Equality and Human Rights Commission has the power to enforce any failure to comply with the Regulations.
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