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The Government has responded to the recommendations of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee report on gender pay gap reporting.

It will not be making any immediate changes to the gender pay gap reporting regime.

The response indicates that:

  • The Government will not be extending the gender pay gap reporting obligations to companies with 50 or more employees, but it will encourage smaller companies to look at their gender pay gaps and may consider revisiting this issue in future
  • Although it is keen for all employers to produce an action plan in future reporting years, the government will not be accepting the Committee's recommendations to make action plans mandatory
  • Partner remuneration will remain excluded from the reporting regime
  • The Government will not amend the regulations to require a more nuanced analysis of gender pay gap figures
  • The Government will not be revising the guidance published jointly by Acas and the Government Equalities Office (GEO), though it will continue to gather stakeholder feedback on the guidance and will update it if appropriate

This article is taken from HR Law - February 2019.