To mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of equal pay laws, Acas has published new guidance to help employers and employees understand the law around equal pay. The guidance is divided into three sections:

  • equal pay and the law: this section gives an overview of the equal pay provisions of the Equality Act 2010, including a summary of who has a right to equal pay, what counts as equal work and when differences in pay may be allowed
  • preventing equal pay issues: this section provides some suggestions for employers about how to reduce the risk of unequal pay, including having an equal pay policy, having up-to-date job descriptions that accurately describe the work that staff do, making sure that men and women who do the same work do not have different job titles, being consistent when deciding employees’ pay and contractual terms and conditions and conducting either equal pay audits or equal pay reviews
  • if you are not getting equal pay: this final section is aimed at helping employees understand how to tackle an equal pay issue.

Unlike the more comprehensive EHRC Code of Practice on equal pay, this Acas guidance is non-statutory. However, it does provide a concise summary of the law. 

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