Many companies are required to submit and publish Gender Pay reports. This means that equal pay will take an increasingly prominent role for companies. If your business does not take seriously the obligations to equally pay men and women, you will face significant financial and reputational risks.
Remember that in recent years the government has developed a taste for naming and shaming those who break its regulations. Apart from the obvious embarrassment, this could seriously prejudice your company’s interests. For example, in tendering exercises (especially for work from public sector organisations) where this sort of black mark could be the difference between winning and loosing a bid.
HR will be responsible for the equality agenda, so one way or another, this will end up on your desk and your credibility will be on the line. Let us help you by assisting with an Equal pay audit to assess where you are now and what you need to do in the future. This really is a field in which an ounce of prevention is worth several tons of cure. We know from experience that litigating an equal pay claim is a long, complicated and ultimately messy affair.