Discrimination, equal pay, gender pay reporting and whistleblowing

This section explains the law on discrimination, equal pay and gender pay reporting and the protection given to whistleblowers.

Discrimination in relation to pensions is covered separately - see Discrimination in pensions.

  • Discrimination

    We explain the principles of discrimination law under the Equality Act, as well as the law protecting part-time and fixed-term workers from discrimination because of their status. We also explain when you can be liable for acts of your employees, and outline the ‘all reasonable steps’ defence to claims of discrimination.

  • Equal pay

    We explain the law on equal pay, how to respond when employees ask what colleagues are paid and summarise what an equal pay audit involves.

  • Gender pay reporting

    We explain the law on gender pay gap reporting, how to calculate your gender pay gap and best practice in presenting the figures.

  • Good equality practice

    We explain the benefits of having an equality and diversity policy, and advise you on how to ensure this policy is effective.

  • Whistleblowing

    We explain the protection given to a whistleblower if they’ve raised their concerns in the right way, and advise you on dealing with whistle blowing.

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