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Employment Law

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07 MAR 2016

Gender pay gap - draft regulations' scope clarified

Gender pay gap - draft regulations' scope clarified
Helen Hughes
Solicitor, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has clarified who the draft Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 (the Regulations) apply to.

Further to the Regulations being published, there was some confusion as to who the Regulations apply to. It was initially thought that the Regulations would not apply to:

  • workers;
  • those genuinely self-employed;
  • contractors; and
  • LLP members
The GEO has now confirmed that the government's intention is for the gender pay gap reporting requirements to apply to 'employees' in the wider sense, as defined in the Equality Act 2010, which includes those employed 'under a contract of employment, a contract of apprenticeship or a contract personally to do work'.

This widens the scope of the Regulations significantly and means that the Regulations are likely to apply to LLP members and some self-employed contractors.
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