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.

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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It’s about fairness not feminism

Karen Seward

Blog post by Karen Seward and Sarah Henchoz Harnessing the talents of women in financial services Fairness not feminism was the key theme of Jayne-Anne Gadhia’s, CEO of Virgin Money, launch of the Empowering Productivity Report today at the Bank of England, which we were fortunate enough to be invited to attend Having been tasked Read More

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Girls just want to have fun

Sheila Fahy

Really! Of course I want to have fun. But I want more than that. I want the same opportunities as men. I want to be paid the same as a man for doing the same job. I want to be a mother but not be defined by that. I want to be judged on my Read More

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Employment law – a snapshot of 2016

Thomas Twitchett

As 2016 looms on the horizon, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that was, and to look forward to next year’s employment law developments. It’s probably fair to say that 2015 has not been a trailblazing year in terms of the developments in employment law. No sweeping legislative changes, no drastic re-writing of rights, Read More

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Gender pay gap – women over 40

Sheila Fahy

For reasons I am not disclosing, I was drawn to the Government’s announcement last week that it will be targeting the gender pay gap in relation to women over the age of 40. It is widely known that the overall gender pay gap currently stands at 19.5%, but when the figures are analysed a little Read More


Gender pay gap reporting – the next stage

Felicity Gemson

The Government has recently launched a consultation seeking views on the detail of new gender pay gap reporting obligations for employers with 250 or more employees. The consultation is collaborative in its approach, posing a series of high-level questions relating to the appropriate format, frequency, cost implications and enforcement process for gender pay gap reporting, and Read More

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Gender pay gap reporting

Sheila Fahy

Towards the end of 2014, Sarah and I discussed what the headlining issues for 2015 would be. Sarah predicted that zero-hour contracts and whistleblowing were topics that required a fundamental rethink to make them fit for purpose, and I was convinced that obesity would continue to evolve into a protected characteristic for discrimination purposes. We Read More

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