Equality and Human Rights Commission confirms six-month delay in enforcing gender pay gap reporting this year.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has announced that it is suspending enforcement of gender pay reporting for the first six months of this year to give employers time to recover from the pandemic.
In a statement, Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “Gender pay gap reporting regulations will be enforced this year and we encourage all employers to report by the deadline if possible. The approach we are taking strikes the right balance between supporting businesses still impacted by the pandemic and making sure employers comply with the law.
“We know employers take gender pay gap reporting seriously and 6000 organisations managed to report their data last year while reacting to the effects of Covid-19. It is not just the law, but the right thing to do for their staff, demonstrating a commitment to all their female employees, which is why organisations like the CBI have supported our decision to recommence reporting and enforcement.”
There have been concerns over the last weeks that enforcement would be suspended for this year as it was last year. An All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Work today heard that only a third of employers have reported this year compared to last year as campaigners emphasised the importance of enforcement at a time when women are facing particular challenges in the workplace.