Scrase Law Employment Solicitors

Employment Law Update with “Mind the Gap” masterclass

28 January 2016

Employment Law Update and Masterclass – “Mind the Gap”, understanding the gender pay gap

Thornbury Golf Centre – M5 (Junctions 14/16)

It is now over 40 years since the law on equal pay came into force.  However, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the average pay for men is still 19.1% higher than for women.

The government has decided that it will implement mandatory gender pay reporting.  From next year, companies employing over 250 people will have to publish the difference in average salary for male and female employees.  This requirement is likely to include information on bonus and other additional payments.  Equal pay is not just a consideration for larger employers; all organisations are at risk if they cannot justify a gender pay difference.

This seminar will examine:

  • The law on equal pay – understanding its scope and its relationship to sex discrimination. What is an equality clause?  What is ‘like work’ and ‘work of equal value’?  When can a material factor defence be used?
  • Equal pay audits – what is required by the new legislation and what you should do now to prepare. How will the requirement to publish salary information operate in practice and what needs to be included?

In addition we will take our usual detailed look at the latest developments in employment law, with a round-up of the latest case law:

  • Trade Union Bill – the latest developments in relation to the bill, including information on changes to industrial action balloting, notice requirements and supervision of picketing,
  • Holidays and holiday pay – we will discuss the latest cases on commission, overtime and holiday pay and on the carry-over of leave,
  • Case Law Round up – including cases on unfair dismissal, social media use, caste discrimination and sexual harassment.



10.00 – Registration and coffee

10.30 – Introduction

10.45 – The Law on Equal Pay

12.00 – Coffee

12.15 – Closing the gender pay gap


13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Developments in employment law and case law round-up

15.15 – Questions and answers

15.30 – Close

Booking Information

£125 plus VAT per delegate (includes lunch)

FREE for ELAA clients of Scrase Employment Solicitors


To book a place, please contact Martin Augustus 0117 985 1025.