UK Businesses that employ in excess of 250 people will be required to publish what they pay their male and female staff as well as the average difference between male and female pay, if a recent amendment to proposed legislation is approved by the House of Commons.
If as thought, the amendment is approved, the Secretary of State will be allowed a period of twelve months to implement the provision.
While the amendment to The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill is yet to approved, the Liberal Democrats have secured Government backing for the change, which has also been welcomed by the Law Society of Scotland.
The Scottish Law Society is keen to address the large pay gap between men and women within the legal profession and have recently published a revised equality strategy as well as ten equality standards. Both can be found on the Law Society’s website.
Commenting, Janet Hood, who is the Law Society of Scotland’s Equality & Diversity Committee Convener, stated:
“This is a very welcome development. Equal pay laws were introduced in 1970, but nearly half a century later we still see women earning less than men, in some cases significantly less."
"With increasing numbers of women entering the legal profession year on year, it is essential that we do what we can to ensure that opportunities remain for those who want to progress in their careers and that disparity in pay becomes a thing of the past.”
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