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Gender pay gap extension should not mean putting equality and diversity on the back burner

24 February 2021
Joanne Frew, Head of employment law at DWF, comments on the latest decision to extend the deadline for Gender Pay Gap reporting to 5 October 2021.
Due to the impact of the pandemic the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced that employers have until 5 October 2021 to report their gender pay gap. Joanne Frew, Head of employment law at DWF, comments: 

"The announcement by the EHRC extending gender pay gap data reporting will be a relief to some businesses during this incredibly challenging period. Whilst the period of grace will no doubt be welcomed by employers, it is important that equality and diversity remains a top priority. Reporting on pay gaps, in a timely manner, helps organisations understand the size and causes of their issues. It helps employers understand the reasons for any gap and the action plans that are needed to tackle the causes. 

"Undoubtedly, furlough will have had a significant impact on the gender pay gap data.  Employers will now have more time to explain the data and to consider steps which can help close the gap."

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