Pay Equity Statistics

One of the problems in pay equity is a lack of information. This allows employers to hide discrimination.

In the UK, they are resolving this by forcing large employers to publish annual pay equity statistics. The relevant law is s73 of the Equality Bill (see the PDF version, part I).

Relevant law
Equal Pay Act 1972 or Employment Relations Act 2000.

Potential changes
Add a new section requiring employers to annually publish information showing the average pay of male and female employees.

Create an offence for failing to comply with the above.

Both possible Acts include a broad regulation-making power allowing the government to regulate as necessary to give full effect to the Act, which will allow them to specify the type of data etc.

Problems

  • There is unlikely to be a majority for this measure under a National government.

Equal Pay (Disclosure) Amendment Bill

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