The statutory reporting requirement of publishing gender pay gap figures for companies with over 250 employees is nearly upon us. Come Good Friday for the public sector and next week for companies outside the public sector, those figures must be published.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has explained that those firms who do not comply will first receive an enforcement letter.
Many law firms are on the front foot and have already published their figures with effective messaging and communications around the statistics and the measures being undertaken to address any gap.
However, law firms are still under pressure from the accountancy firms and other law firms, such as Norton Rose Fulbright, Clifford Chance and Pinsent Masons, which have published their Partner figures. This approach has the benefit of greater transparency, but law firms are not legally obliged to publish Partner figures at the moment. Whilst there are no Government guidelines on whether it would be good practice to include these figures, some firms are waiting to do so, perhaps because they have already produced a well-thought out statement on the firm's figures and the approach the firm is taking to tackle any gap. There may yet be a rush though, of those law firms publishing their figures over the coming week, choosing to include Partner statistics.
Law firms respond to pressure on gender pay gap Some have begun to include highly paid equity partners in their figures Barney Thompson MARCH 23, 2018 Law firms in the UK have begun to include highly paid equity partners in their mandatory gender pay gap reporting, after criticism of the sector that it has been leaving them out to make the figures look better.