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Equality bill may be limited to firms with more than 500 staff

Women and equality minister Harriet Harman is set to water down equal pay rules in the equality bill to reduce the number of businesses affected, it has been reported.

Changes proposed include raising the threshold for companies to produce equal pay audits to those with 500 or more employees. As it stands, the bill will ask organisations with 250 employees or more to voluntarily produce pay audits until 2013. After this the rules could become compulsory.

The proposed amendments could follow a report from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which is due out in January 2010. The EHRC is said to regard pay audits requiring companies with 250 to 500 staff to provide the same data as larger companies as impractical.

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December 15, 2009

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