The Government has confirmed that it will legislate under S.78 of the Equality Act 2010 to require companies with 250 or more employees to publish gender pay gap information. It has published a consultation paper on the detail of the regulations to be made under S.78, seeking views on the level of gender pay information to be required and the frequency of publication.
It asks whether the information should be the overall difference between the average earnings of men and women as a percentage of men's earnings, or whether it should be broken down by full-time and part-time employees, or by grade or job type. It also asks whether employers should be required to provide additional, contextual information, explaining any pay gaps and setting out what remedial action they intend to take; and how often employers should be required to publish such information. Under S.78 EqA, the information can be required to be published annually at most.
The consultation closes on 6 September 2015. The regulations are expected to be made in the first half of 2016, although implementation may be delayed to give businesses time to prepare.
Link to consultation document: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/closing-the-gender-pay-gap