Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the UCL Institute of Education indicates that, during lockdown, for every one hour of uninterrupted paid work done by a mother, men have done three. Mothers were also 23% more likely than fathers to have temporarily or permanently lost their jobs during the crisis, 47% were more likely to have permanently lost their job or have had to quit and 14% were more likely to have been furloughed.
A new Equal Pay bill has been put before parliament. Supported by the equality group the Fawcett Society, it would give employees the ability to make a "right to know" request obtain information related to pay of a comparator. The information which could be requested would potentially include salary, benefit, bonus, overtime, allowances in respect of shift working and standby time, bank holidays and time off in lieu, attendance pay and performance related pay. There is also proposed to be a less specific catch all of "any other terms related to equal pay". If an employee was requesting information about something which was not a contractual term (entered into between the employer and the comparator) the provisions propose that the employer would make a statement to that effect.
The Hampton-Alexander Review, an independent review backed by the government to scrutinise the gender balance of boards at the top of the country's leading companies, released a report this week which lists some of the excuses given by companies for a lack of female representation on their boards.
“Let me be very very clear: failing to report is breaking the law. We have the powers to enforce against companies who are in breach of these regulations. We take this enormously seriously. We have been very clear that we will be coming after 100% of companies that do not comply.”