The Gender Pay Gap Information Act was finally signed into Irish law on 13 July 2021.  Under the Act, employers will be required to publish information on their gender pay gap – specifically, gender based differences in mean and median hourly remuneration, mean and median bonus payments and the percentage of employees paid a bonus or benefits in kind. Where a gap exists, each organisation will also be obliged to publish a statement giving the underlying reasons for any gap, and the measures they intend to take to address it. All of this will be public information, published on a central site provided by the Government.


Will all employers in Ireland be affected?

The mandatory reporting obligations will apply to private and public sector employers and will initially only affect employers with 250 + employees.  The Act widens the scope to employers with 150 or more employees on or after the second anniversary of the regulations and to employers with 50 or more employees on or after the third anniversary of the regulations. There will be no requirement on employers with less than 50 employees to report.

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The disparity between how each employer pays men and women


Gender pay disparities are about to become a hot topic in Ireland thanks to Government plans to pass the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill this year.








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