"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."