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UK Government’s Gender Pay Gap Reporting Service Is Now Live

The UK Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 came into force on 6 April 2017, which require private businesses with at least 250 employees in the United Kingdom on the “snapshot date” of 5 April 2017 to publish information about any gender pay and bonus gaps in their organisations by 4 April 2018.

The regulations require employers—on their own websites—to publish gender pay gap information in a way that is accessible to employees and to the public. Such information must remain accessible for three years from the date of publication. 

In addition, employers must upload gender pay gap reports to a UK government website. Employers are required to register and activate an account to use the government reporting service; employers can register for the service online and will receive a PIN to activate their accounts, which will come by post within a week of registration. Accordingly, employers would be well advised to build sufficient time for the registration/activation process into their overall timeline for uploading gender pay gap information to meet the 4 April 2018 deadline.

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Matthew Howse, Employment law attorney, Morgan Lewis

As practice group leader for Morgan Lewis’s labor and employment practice in London, Matthew Howse represents clients in the financial services, media, legal, and insurance industries in High Court and employment tribunal litigation. His experience includes employment law as well as privacy and cybersecurity law. In addition to litigating both contentious and noncontentious issues, Matthew provides strategic employment law advice and counsels clients on the employment law aspects of transactions.

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Pulina Whitaker, Morgan Lewis, labor and employment lawyer

Pulina Whitaker’s practice encompasses both labor and employment matters as well as data privacy and cybersecurity. She manages employment and data privacy issues in sales and acquisitions, commercial outsourcings, and restructurings. Pulina provides day-to-day advisory support for multinationals on all employment issues, including the UK’s Modern Slavery Act and gender pay reporting requirements. She also advises on the full spectrum of data privacy issues, including preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation. Pulina has deep experience managing international employee misconduct investigations and has been appointed as a Compliance Monitor for a transnational organization.

Sarah Ash, Employment law attorney, Morgan Lewis

Sarah Ash counsels clients on employment law, including human resources matters such as employment contracts, internal grievance and disciplinary matters, dismissals, discrimination, employment policies, redundancies, and family-friendly rights. Further, she advises on tribunal claims and procedure, High Court litigation, and the employment law aspects of transactions. Sarah’s diverse client base represents businesses in finance, media, defense, legal, pharmaceuticals, and insurance. Previously, Sarah worked at a major US law firm in London and at another international...