The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 were expected to come into force in October 2016, but the Government Equality Office has indicated the enforcement date will now be April 2017.

Under these new regulations, employers in the private and voluntary sector with 250 or more employees will be compelled to publish gender pay gap details, highlighting the differences in gross pay and bonus payments between male and female employees.

The gender pay gap differs from equal pay as it is concerned with the differences in the average pay between men and women over a period of time no matter what their role is, whereby equal pay deals with the pay differences between men and women who carry out the same or similar jobs.

Under these new regulations, employers will be required to publish information (on their own website, as well as submitting evidence of compliance to the Government) on their gender pay gap and gender bonus gap on an annual basis. The pay information is to be based on data from a specific pay period every April, beginning in April 2017. The bonus information must be based on the preceding 12-month period, beginning with the 12 months leading up to April 2017. Employers will have 12 months in which to publish the information, meaning that first publication will be required in or before April 2018.

It is anticipated that the Government will be publishing guidance on how to actually calculate the figures in the not too distant future.  I will of course inform you about this, when the guidance is released.

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