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New law proposed to name and shame companies with poor record of equal pay

10 April 2019

A new law to name and shame companies with a poor record of equal pay for female staff has been introduced by the Government, five years after being asked to do so by the European Commission.

Justice and Equality Minister Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State David Stanton, with responsibility for equality, yesterday announced the publication of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill which has been presented to the Dáil.

Under the Bill, Mr Flanagan will make regulations obliging employers to publish information relating to their gender pay gap.

The provision will apply initially in firms of 250 or more employees with the threshold reducing to 50 when the legislation is fully operational.

The requirement will apply in the private and public sectors and the Bill also provides that employers must set out the measures, if any, they are taking to eliminate or reduce any pay gap.

“The aim of this Bill is to provide transparency on the gender pay gap,” the minister said.

“I believe firms which can report a low or non-existent pay gap will be at an advantage in recruiting future employees and I hope mandatory reporting will incentivise employers to take measures to address the issue insofar as they can.

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