The introduction of gender pay gap reporting in the private and voluntary sector was one of the big employment law stories of 2016. Those regulations, once they are in force, will require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish gender pay gap information on their websites by 4 April 2018.
Following a consultation last year the UK Government have now published draft Regulations which extend the duty to publish gender pay gap reports to listed public authorities with 250 or more employees. This will catch organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4, the Health and Safety Executive and ACAS. The Regulations apply only to England as there are devolved powers for public authorities in Scotland and Wales. In Scotland, listed public authorities with 20 or more employees are already required to report on the gender pay gap.
The regulations largely reflect the requirements in the private and voluntary sector with the main difference being the "snapshot date" for the public sector is to be 31 March rather than 5 April as it is in the private sector regulations. The public sector duty also takes effect as part of the existing public sector equality duty.