Plans announced for gender pay audits for those guilty of sex discrimination  

Employers who are found guilty of sex discrimination over pay by an employment tribunal will have to conduct a gender pay audit, it was revealed in a written statement to Parliament yesterday.

Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone said this would apply to contractual and non-contractual pay, but she said a pay audit would not be ordered if an audit has been completed in the last three years, the employer was deemed to have transparent pay practices or could show a good reason why it would not be useful.

Micro businesses with five employees or less will initially be exempt from the proposals. Full details of what the audits will involve will be part of a government consultation later this year.

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