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The Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have suspended enforcement of gender pay gap reporting deadlines for reporting year of 2019/20.

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, organisations who are eligible to publish a gender pay gap report will now not need to do so on the 2020 deadlines. For public organisations, this was 30 March. For private organisations, this was 4 April. Speaking on this development, Liz Truss, Minister for women and equalities, outlined ‘we recognise that employers across the country are facing unprecedented uncertainty and pressure at this time. Because of this we feel it is only right to suspend enforcement of gender pay gap reporting this year.’

This decision means there will be no expectation on these organisations to report data gathered for the report over the last 12 months. The government website reveals that over 3,000 organisations have already reported this year, which amounts to around 26 per cent of all expected reports. The GEO is expected to provide support to organisations who wish to report their data regardless should they decide to do so.

This announcement will likely come as a relief to organisations facing uncertainty in light of the coronavirus outbreak, giving them less to focus on during this time. However, Charles Cotton, senior rewards advisor at the CIPD, encourages organisations not to become complacent in reporting going forward.  He also suggests that reports for 2020 are simply delayed, not cancelled completely, and are necessary to protect working women who may be adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week, it was announced that upcoming changes to IR35 rules were also postponed due to the virus, which were due to be introduced on April 6 2020. That said, other developments, implemented as part of the Good Work Plan, are still expected to come into force and it is important to keep up to date with them. For more information on all expected changes, please refer below: