Government bill to narrow gender pay gap

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Employers with more than 250 staff will be required to report on their gender pay gap from 2013 under the new Equality Bill launched today.

The Bill will come into force from autumn 2010 and will replace nine major pieces of legislation and around 100 other measures currently in place to form a single Act which makes it easier for employers and individuals to understand their legal rights and obligations.

Women continue to be paid on average 23% less per hour than their male counterparts and it is hoped that the new Bill will go some way to closing this gap.

"We will shine the spotlight in every workplace on the hidden pay discrimination against women. We will let employers have the right to choose to diversify their team with positive action. And we will end the last lawful discrim...

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