The Equality Act 2010 (Equal Pay Audits) Regulations 2014 took effect on October 1st 2014. The regulations oblige tribunals to order employers found to be in breach of equal pay law to carry out equal pay audits in certain circumstances. New businesses or micro businesses (no more than two employees) are exempt.
An equal pay audit involves the publication of relevant gender pay information, identify any differences in pay between men and womenand the reasons for those differences. It should also include the reasons for any potential pay breach identified by the audit and set out the employer's plan to avoid breaches occurring or continuing. If an employer fails to carry out an audit when ordered to then they may have to pay a fine of up to £5000.