The use of large up-front fees and disproportionate deposits has already resulted in significant cost consequences for one care provider.
The requirements largely mirror those being imposed on the private sector, reported in our briefing in October 2016: Gender Pay Reporting is coming – are you ready?. However, they are being introduced as part of the existing public sector equality duty rather than as a stand-alone requirement, but will mean little difference in practice.
The duty will apply to specific public authorities listed in Schedule 2 of the Regulations (which includes the governing bodies of educational establishments, local authorities and regulators). As in the private sector, the duty will only apply where there are 250 or more employees at that establishment.
The main difference to the private-sector duty is that the public sector will have a different ‘snapshot date’ for reporting of 31 March 2017. Otherwise, the obligations and calculations are the same.
What should you do now?
Whilst the private and public sector regulations required parliamentary approval, we expect them to be implemented with very little change. We are urging all employers in the public and private sectors to take steps now to understand in more detail how the Gender Pay Regulations will affect them. Our top tips are to:
- Carry out in-depth assessments of your workforce to establish who may be captured as an “employee” and what will be regarded as “pay” in light of the revised Regulations;
- Carry out a pay audit to identify what your likely gender pay gap will be and the reasons for this;
- Consider what information you will want to add to any gender pay report, to set your figures in context, and explain an unusual pay gap;
- Start to plan a strategy to address any gender pay gap;
- Consider your communication strategy, both internally and externally, for when you publish your gender pay gap figure; and
- If possible, benchmark your gender pay gap within your industry or against comparable public bodies to identify whether your figures are likely to be an issue.
For further information
For further information about what you can do now to prepare for gender pay reporting, please contact Kate Watkins.
The government announced on 16 May that it will provide a fund of £400m to cover the costs of removal and replacement of cladding to high rise residential blocks which have failed tests.
Whilst some people are under the impression that preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is simply a case of completing a form and ticking a few boxes, it is about far more than this.
A big fear for some people facing divorce and the inevitable carving up of the matrimonial assets. They seek assurances that such assets will be “ring-fenced” and retained for them.
Thinking about the legal status of being a cohabitant probably isn’t at the top of the ‘to do’ list.
When an individual is thinking about making a gift to another individual, consideration needs to be given to the Potentially Exempt Transfer (PET) trap.
We are now only a few weeks away from the biggest change to data protection laws in over 20 years. Are you compliant?
The tragedy, in this case, is that there were options readily available to the midwives that they could have used. This was not a case of having to go above and beyond.
Arising from the recent Family Division announcement, people who think they are legally divorced may in fact still be married.
The SCCS has issued providers in the scheme a series of updated and new documents in order to assist with their National Minimum Wage review.
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