Equal pay

Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends, risks and developments in equal pay, gender pay gap reporting and the sex discrimination aspects of equal pay.

Gender pay gap reporting – time is of the essence

Alana Burton

With less than three months to go until the 4 April 2018 deadline, there has been a spate of recently uploaded gender pay gap reports to the official Government website. Even taking the 247 reports submitted within the last five weeks, the total number is still only 568, which is a mere 6% of the Read More

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Gender pay gap – managing the message

Sarah Henchoz

I suspect there are many companies out there who would be thrilled if their gender pay gap was as low as the BBC’s 10% – eight points below the national average. A week ago, it was almost impossible to drum up any enthusiasm about pay parity but now just about everyone has a view on Read More

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The Wimbledon Champion and the Doctor

Sheila Fahy

The problem with stereotypes about people is that the preconceived notions upon which they are based may inform important decision-making. Yes, there may be an element of “truth” in the assumption that physical and mental ability deteriorates with age, or women make the best carers, or doctors (of the time-travelling variety) are men. Read More

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Guerrilla Girls and Fisticuffs

Sheila Fahy

What is the world coming to? Guerrilla Girls, Feminist Fight Clubs and full-on initiatives to catapult women into the limelight and along the pipeline to serious senior positions. Whatever next? Wandering around the Tate Modern last week, I smiled wryly when I came across the posters by the Guerrilla Girls – a group of American Read More

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Equal pay – this time it’s private

David Palmer

Last week the much anticipated employment tribunal judgment arrived in the Asda equal pay litigation (Brierley and others v Asda Stores Limited). Read More

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2016 – an exceptional year for women

Louise Skinner

2016 is the year that keeps on giving. For decades it has seemed acceptable for women to be absent from the boardroom and from within the ranks of senior management; and the gender pay gap was merely one of the vicissitudes of life. But now it seems that not a week goes by without new Read More

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Game, set and match – is equal pay always fair?

Robbie Sinclair

Deuce Equal pay has had its fair share of media coverage over the last year, reaching dizzy heights with the publication of mandatory gender pay gap reporting regulations in February 2016. This is not, however, simply the concern of everyday workers in cities across the UK. Even in the glamour world of Hollywood actors, equal Read More

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