Partner Jennifer Millins and Associate Martha Averley examine the impact of COVID-19 on gender pay gap statistics in the September issue of Employment Law Journal.
They argue that the pandemic could widen the gender pay gap and have a distorting effect on the next set of statistics:
"Less than two weeks before the 4 April 2020 deadline for private businesses, the Government Equalities Office and Equality and Human Rights Commission announced that the requirement to publish gender pay gap statistics would be suspended for 2019-20, due to the unprecedented pressures facing employers during the Covid-19 crisis. The announcement confirmed that employers would not be asked to report 2019-20 statistics at a later date. Assuming there are no further suspensions, the next mandatory gender pay gap statistics will be due on 4 April 2021, based on the snapshot date of 5 April 2020."
You can read the full article here.
This article was first published in Employment Law Journal (September 2020) and is also available on lawjournals.co.uk.