Draft Code of Practice on
The Statutory Code of
Practice on Equal Pay has been approved by the Secretary of State and was laid
before Parliament on 27 July 2010. The Code provides a comprehensive guide to
the new Equality Act’s ‘equality of terms’ provisions to help employers observe
their legal obligations.
In January 2010, the
Equality and Human Rights Commission published three draft codes of practice on
discrimination in: (i) employment, (ii) equal pay, and (iii) services, public
functions and associations. The codes will replace the existing codes of
practice published by the former equality commissions and provide guidance on
the Equality Act 2010.
Code of Practice on equal pay has now been approved by the Secretary of
State and was laid before Parliament on 27 July 2010. This is an authoritative
and comprehensive guide to the Act’s provisions intended to ensure that women
and men receive the same pay and other contractual benefits when doing equal
work. The Commission has created this statutory guidance so that it will give
individuals, businesses, employers and public authorities the information they
need to understand the Act, exercise their rights, and meet their
responsibilities. The remaining two codes dealing with employment and services,
public functions and associations, are expected shortly.
This provides summary information and comment on the subject areas covered. Where employment tribunal and appellate court cases are reported, the information does not set out all of the facts, the legal arguments presented and the judgments made in every aspect of the case. Employment law is subject to constant change either by statute or by interpretation by the courts. While every care has been taken in compiling this information, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Specialist legal advice must be taken on any legal issues that may arise before embarking upon any formal course of action.