Equal Pay Disclosure Amendment Bill

Project discussion: Pay Equity Statistics

Equal Pay (Disclosure) Amendment Bill

Member's Bill

Explanatory Note


Equal Pay (Disclosure) Amendment Bill

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1. Title
This Act is the Equal Pay (Disclosure) Amendment Act 2009.

2. Commencement
This Act comes into force on the 1 April 2010.

3. Purpose
The purpose of this Act is to improve pay equity and narrow the gender-pay gap by requiring large employers to publish annual statistics on pay equity in their businesses.

4. Principal Act Amended
This Act amends the Equal Pay Act 1972.

5. New section inserted
The following new section is inserted after section 17A:

"17B. Employers to publish pay equity statistics

"(1) Every employer shall publish annually information showing:
"(a) The average remuneration of its male employees; and
"(b) The average remuneration of its female employees; and
"(c) The difference between the two, expressed as a percentage of the average male remuneration of subsection (a).
"(2) This section does not apply to an employer with fewer than 100 employees."

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