The Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Right Commission (EHRC) have announced there will be no expectation for employers to report their gender pay gaps for the 2019/20 reporting year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a joint statement, Liz Truss, minister for women and equalities, and David Issac, chair at EHRC, said: “We recognise that employers across the country are facing unprecedented uncertainty and pressure at this time. Because of this we feel it is only right to suspend enforcement of gender pay gap reporting this year.”
There’s traditionally been a spike of publications right at the end of the reporting period so this will undoubtedly be welcome to many companies where HR is in the thick of helping employers and employees respond to the pandemic. But it comes at a time when many organisations are beginning to see the fruits of their previous years action plans.
Of course, you may well have uploaded this year’s figures to the government website or at least completed your calculations internally. If so, when you’re able to, you can demonstrate your commitment and progress by reporting when you can.
Of course, we’ll soon be moving onto the 2020/21 reporting year so, while it might not be top of your immediate to do list, do get in touch if you’d like help with your gender pay gap calculations or narrative.
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Julia Hanna, Director
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