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11 Nov 2015

Law Society of England and Wales (UK)

UK: Law Society publishes guidance for law firms on equal pay

“Law Society publishes equal pay guidance for law firms”, 9 Nov 2015

Equal pay is a legal obligation.  There should never be a difference in the pay of a man and woman doing work of equal value that can only be explained in terms of difference in their sex…“Equal Pay Day is an opportunity for all organisations to check whether their pay awards are fair and equitable…Our guidance helps firms to fulfil their legal obligation and to embed best practice”…The Law Society's Equal pay toolkit is designed for partners, human resources professionals and anyone involved with the management of a law firm…It…outlines measures to prevent inequality creeping into pay systems…It is an employer’s responsibility to make sure that its pay system is free of…bias, and not to wait until an equal-pay claim is made to correct occurrences of pay discrimination.  We recommend that our members adopt a pay system that will reduce the risk of a claim being made.  Low risk pay systems are transparent, systematic, inclusive, well-managed, sensitive to job-demands and are monitored…It ensures employees are paid fairly for the work they are doing and it helps firms ensure that pay and reward systems are responsive to changing corporate objectives.