Checklists: equal pay in practice

We have produced a series of checklists or guidance notes to help employers deal with the more common causes of unequal pay in the workplace.

The Commission recommends all employers carry out equal pay audits, but these checklists are intended to help you identify your potential vulnerability to equal pay claims. An equal pay audit is the best and most effective way to compare the pay of employees doing equal work and it provides a detailed picture to identify and put right any unlawful pay discrimination. The toolkit for equal pay audits, looking at equal pay on the grounds of gender, disability and race is also available from this section. These supplementary guidance notes are intended to help you identify your potential vulnerability to equal pay claims and will help you to sort out any problems identified by the audit.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the advice given in this note is accurate, only the courts or tribunals can give authoritative interpretations of the law.

Most of the legal cases to date in the field of pay and reward have been made under the Equal Pay Act and relate to gender. However, pay discrimination, that is, pay inequalities without objective justification for the differences, is also illegal under the Race Relations Act, the Disability Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination Regulations and the Part Time Workers Regulations. So, as well as looking at differences between men and women, it is important to consider other aspects of equality such as race, disability, age and contractual status.

If you would like more detailed information about implementing equal pay please see go to our Toolkit for employers: carrying out an equal pay audit.

Equal pay in practice checklists:

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