Last month we reported that gender pay gap reporting would be back on the agenda on 4th April 2021 following a year-long hiatus caused by coronavirus. However, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission announced this week that they would delay enforcement action by six months, meaning companies required to report on their gender pay gap can wait until 4th October 2021.
Companies that are in a position to publish their report on 4th April 2021 are still encouraged to do so. They are reminded that gender pay gap reporting is not just a legal requirement but is the right thing to do in order to tackle equal pay issues. Whilst some applaud the EHRC for not scrapping it altogether this year, others are concerned that repeated delays infer that addressing the gender pay gap is not a priority.
Either way, this decision is likely to come as a relief to those employers who are continuing to battle the pressures caused by coronavirus.