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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Section 147: Equal Pay: Transparency

812.This section requires the Government to make regulations under section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 (gender pay gap information).  Regulations are to be made no later than a year after Royal Assent to the Act and the Government must consult before laying those regulations.

813.Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010, which is not yet commenced, enables a Minister of the Crown to make regulations requiring specified employers with at least 250 employees in Great Britain to publish information about the differences in pay between their male and female employees. The regulations may specify, among other things, the form and timing of the publication, which will be no more frequently than annually. The regulations may also specify penalties for non-compliance. Regulations under section 78 are subject to the affirmative procedure and may not be made unless a draft of the regulations has been laid before and approved by both Houses of Parliament.

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