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Gender pay gap reporting extends ‘employee’ definition to contractors

‘Snapshot’ date also changed in finalised regulations that take effect in April; experts warn gathering data will be ‘big challenge’ for HR in 2017

The government has published its final gender pay gap reporting regulations, which will take effect on 6 April 2017, confirming many requirements from the draft versions but also introducing a number of changes to the expected requirements.

One of the key changes is to the regulations’ definition of ‘employee’; it was previously unclear, but has been clarified to mirror the definition in the Equality Act 2010. Law firm Lewis Silkin said this change was “significant” because “it covers many self-employed workers who are engaged directly by employers as consultants, independent contractors and so on”.

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December 21, 2016

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