Limerick Senator wants serious action for failure to report gender pay gaps

Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne

COMPANIES that fail to publish information on gender pay gaps, as required by legislation that came into effect last May, should face serious consequences.

That’s according to Limerick Senator Maria Byrne who says that a number of big corporates are failing to uphold their legal responsibility and didn’t share any information on pay gaps.

Senator Byrne, who is Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Finance, said that meaningful progress had been made on achieving parity and the new legislation was a crucial step towards closing the pay gap.

“By not engaging, these companies are completely undermining that work and resisting positive change.

“The Gender Pay Gap Information Act puts the onus on companies with over 250 employees to conduct gender pay disparity reports to offer full transparency and foster inclusive working environments.

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Some large employers missed the deadline and will be told to publish their reports by court order, based on complaints to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC).

“It is fundamental that companies face drastic measures to discourage any further delays. It is not only our right to know but more importantly, it hinders progress,” Senator Byrne added.