Women with children left unprotected by equality legislation

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A recent report appears to show that women who have had children are falling through the cracks of equal pay legislation.

Kate Hodgkiss, partner at law firm DLA Piper, claims the report reveals that the:

“impact of taking time out of the workplace for family reasons continues to have a significant impact upon a woman’s pay potential for the remainder of her working life.”

A new regulation, requiring certain employers to publish pay data, is expected to come into force by next April.

The data recorded may then be used to identify specific workplace practices which result in pay disparity, allowing employers to deploy targeted policies to prevent this.

Catrina Smith, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, noted: “Only time will tell if the legislation will create pressure to drive women’s wages up or will merely lead to an increased burden on businesses.”