EOC calls for equal pay 'grace' period

24-09-2007

EOC calls for equal pay 'grace' period
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has called for companies to be given a period of grace to help them sort out any gender pay differences that may exist in their firm.

Chair of the EOC Jenny Watson suggests that a limited period should be allowed for bosses to sort out staff pay.

"We would like to see employers given some breathing space as they put right any equal pay problems that do exist by giving them protection from individual equal pay cases for a limited period," she says.

This would be in return for companies taking active action of pay differences and acknowledging their responsibilities, she adds.

Ms Watson notes that companies who take this course of action will be "focusing on prevention" and women workers will not be failed by UK businesses.

She states that women experiencing pay differences have the right to go through the courts in order to see justice.

The EOC recently pressured the government to amend legislation that would see new mothers receive full benefits for the whole of their maternity leave.


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