If this identifies any issues that are causing, or could cause, unequal pay between women and men for equal work within your organisation, and which cannot be justified, you need to take action to ensure you comply with your legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act) – and to reduce the risk of an equal pay claim against you.
These pages will help you identify appropriate action needed to address equal pay issues in your organisation. They include advice on ensuring your pay systems are fair and transparent, developing an action plan to implement equal pay and maintaining good practice after an equal pay audit or review. They also explain the knowledge required and the policies and systems involved in implementing equal pay.
Understand what equality legislation says about terms and conditions of employment
Equal pay policy
Ongoing review and monitoring of pay outcomes
Achieving equal pay is not a one-off exercise. You need to keep all elements of your pay system under constant review – even after you’ve carried out an equal pay audit or review and ensured it’s free from sex bias.
While every effort has been made to ensure that this advice is accurate and up to date, it does not guarantee that you could successfully defend an equal pay claim. Only the courts or tribunals can give authoritative interpretations of the law.
If you are involved in an employment dispute or are seeking information on employment rights and rules, you can contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas):
Freephone: 0300 123 1100 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday)
Text Relay service: 18001 0300 123 1100.
Last updated: 16 Aug 2016