The Government has confirmed that a proposal to implement equal pay audits will go ahead. The proposal says that where an employer is found in the Employment Tribunal to have discriminated mainly on the grounds of sex in relation to pay, then that employer will be obliged to conduct a pay audit in cases where continuing discrimination is likely. An audit would not be ordered if one has been completed in the last three years, the employer has transparent pay practices or the employer can show a good reason why it should not be undertaken. Micro businesses (those with less than 10 employees) will initially be exempt from the proposal.
The written ministerial statement issued on 14 June 2012 about the proposal can be found here.
Further details will follow in a consultation later this year.
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