Gender pay gap law looms
by Bernard Harbor

It’s been reported that regulations requiring organisations with over 250 employees to disclose their average hourly gender pay gap will go before cabinet this month, with legislation expected later this year.

Last weekend, RTÉ reported that the threshold may be reduced to 150 employees after two years, and to 50 a year after that. The new law will also cover bonuses, and will apply to part-time employees and those on temporary contracts.

Fórsa, and the unions that amalgamated to form the new organisation, have campaigned strongly for legislation to oblige significantly-sized employers to publish details of the average gap between pay of the men and women they employ.

The union won support from a wide range of organisations, and has worked closely with employers’ body Ibec on the issue in recent times.

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