Workplace Gender Equality Act and Agency
The new Workplace Gender Equality Act was passed in 2012 replacing the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999, following a Government review of the Act to which the WWRG contributed.
Employers of 100 or more employees (as before) outside the public sector, must report annually to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (which administers the Act) on the state of gender equality in their organisation.
The Act's new name and objects highlight its focus on promoting gender equality at work and equal pay between men and women.
What information do the reports require? Their content is now data driven (see the report form) rather than descriptive and will enable changes in gender equality at work to be monitored. This will provide business, employees, Government and policymakers with a much better understanding of whether and how gender equality at work is progressing. The material which employers must supply are grouped under six Gender Equality Indicators: the make up of the workforce and governing bodies by gender, equal pay, availability of flexible working and other arrangements to assist carers, consultation with employees on gender equality workplace issues and sexual harassment. Currently the Government is consulting on these reporting requirements with submissions accepted until 30 September 2014. See the WWRG submission
What information will be publicly available? The Agency will publish material from 2014 employers' reports:
- in aggregate form by industry and organisation size, and
- for each individual organisation, its public report will be available providing the workplace profile data (excluding earnings data) and replies to the reporting questionnaire.