Employers with over 250 members of staff are entering the ‘last chance saloon’ to report their gender pay gap, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has warned today as it publishes its final strategy on how the new regulations will be enforced.
Detailing the different stages of legal action that all non-compliant employers will face after the deadlines pass (30 March for public sector organisations and 4 April for businesses and charities), the strategy explains enforcement action will start when the Commission writes to all employers who have not complied with the law.
The letters will be sent on 9 April and employers will be given 28 days to comply before an investigation takes place and an unlawful act notice is issued. Failure to comply with the regulations will ultimately lead to an unlimited fine decided by the courts.
Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:
‘Employers with 250 or more staff still have time to report their gender pay gap. The clock is ticking and with just 10 days to go, those who haven’t reported really are entering the last chance saloon. This is not optional; it is the law and we will be fully enforcing against all companies that do not report.
‘This legislation is in place to bring about better gender equality in the workplace and any employer not complying needs to ask themselves tough questions, re-think their priorities, be prepared for serious reputational damage, and be ready to face a very unhappy workforce.’
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