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Coronavirus: enforcement of gender pay gap reporting is suspended

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines for the 2019-20 reporting year.

This measure, taken in response to the COVID-19 emergency, means that in practical terms, there is no enforcement consequence for not submitting figures but, on one view, employers may still wish to submit if they have the ability and resource to do so.

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Gender pay gap reports were due from public sector bodies by 30 March and from large private sector employers by 4 April 2020. If these are not submitted, there will be no enforcement consequences and perhaps, in the circumstances of this emergency, there will be an understanding from staff and stakeholders alike that much of March, when figures are typically assessed and published, has been given over to responding to unprecedented times.

It would remain open to employers who can submit to publish their data; given the changes taking place on a daily basis to the structure and composition of employers workplaces, including with the advent of furlough, one does wonder if the data produced will be affected this year and next.

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