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The gender pay gap—what actions can the government and businesses take?

The gender pay gap—what actions can the government and businesses take?
Published on: 07 February 2018
Published by: LexisPSL
  • The gender pay gap—what actions can the government and businesses take?
  • The Conservative government recently ordered large firms to reveal their gender pay gaps. Do you think this is an effective method to tackle the issue?
  • The majority of companies are yet to publish their figures. Why do you think so many companies have been slow to publish figures? What are the repercussions if companies fail to produce the figures before April 2018?
  • An FT investigation in December 2017 found that one in 20 employers submitted figures to the government website that were deemed ‘almost certainly inaccurate’. Could the government face issues with accuracy? How can they tackle this issue?
  • What potential issues could a business face if it publishes figures that show a wide gender pay gap (ie reputational damage, legislative action, compliance issues)?
  • Data shows that the gender pay gap is widening in one in four government bodies. How can the government tackle issues in the public sector? Are they able to implement more stringent methods compared with the private sector?
  • Can the UK government take any lessons from other governments in terms of tackling the gender pay gap? What policies from abroad have succeeded or failed?

Article summary

Employment analysis: In the second of a series of three interviews looking at the gender pay gap, Shirley Hall, senior partner and head of the employment team at Eversheds Sutherland in Newcastle, discusses what the government and businesses can do to tackle the gender pay gap and how companies are dealing with the new reporting requirements. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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