Enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines suspended for this year

24 March 2020

The Government Equalities Office (GEO), along with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have confirmed that, in response to the outbreak of coronavirus, the enforcement of the gender pay gap reporting deadlines will be suspended for the current reporting year, 2019-20.

There is no expectation on employers to provide their gender pay gap data.

In a joint statement, Minister for Women & Equalities, Liz Truss, and EHRC Chair, David Isaac, 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.

26% of expected gender pay gap reporters, which equates to 3000 employers, have already submitted their data via the Gov.UK website for the tax year, and the GEO will continue to provide support to employers in reporting their data should they wish to do so.

Under normal circumstances, the EHRC can investigate employers who fail to report their gender pay gap data, and they could potentially be presented with an unlimited fine if court action dictates it.

Gender pay gap reporting legislation, introduced in 2017, ordinarily requires businesses with 250 or more employers to publish statutory calculations on an annual basis, to demonstrate how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees. The deadline for reporting that data would have been 30 March 2020 for public sector bodies, and 4 April 2020 for private companies.


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