Blog: ‘Equal value’ claims are where your risks lie

Luke Menzies, Director and Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
Whether you’re now a proper Gender Pay Gap (GPG) ‘geek’ and are all ready to report your GPG data, confident that you’ve crunched the right numbers, or you’ve not even starting thinking about your GPG, your immediate next step once you’ve reported and published your figures ought to be the same. And that’s digging down…
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Blog: Your mean, your median… and your motivation

For all of you responsible for reporting your organisation’s Gender Pay Gap (GPG), it’s time to get cracking. Your ‘snapshot’ pay date has come and gone (where did the time go?) and the Government’s GPG reporting website is up and running.  A few brave employers have even posted their data already, with Sense Scotland claiming…
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Gender equality – Help from the EHRC

The Equality Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has launched a new Working Forward initiative to support pregnancy and maternity rights, asking employers to sign up to an EHRC pledge to make the best working environment they can for pregnant women and new mums, to include sharing knowledge, experience and good practice. Major household names have already signed up…
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Blog: Equal pay – Do you have gender ghettos?

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
As we’ve mentioned in our previous equal pay blogs, the most difficult – and most expensive – type of equal pay claim comes about when a whole sector of your workforce is made up almost or entirely of one gender (generally women) and it seeks to compare itself with another sector made up entirely of…
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Blog: So what exactly do we mean by ‘equal pay’?

Joanne Sefton, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
Slightly oddly, the Equal Pay Act, and the updated provisions in the Equality Act, apply only to male/female pay differentials – in other words, gender equality only. It is against the law (obviously, I hope!) to pay a black worker less because she’s black, or a disabled worker less because of his disability, but that…
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Blog: Equal with who? (Part 2)

Luke Menzies, Director and Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
In our last Equal Pay blog, we talked about the three different ways in which an equal pay claimant can compare him or herself with a higher-paid colleague of the opposite sex. The comparator has to be in a role which counts as ‘like’ work, work rated equivalent in a job evaluation scheme or work…
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Blog: The Princess and the WC

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A couple of weeks ago, I faced a dilemma. After a family visit to the dentist, during which both children were (ahem) very brave, my son was offered a choice of four or five superhero stickers. The dental nurse then replaced those in the drawer and pulled out a selection of Disney princess stickers to…
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