Gender Pay Gap Regulations Published

On Friday, 3 June the Irish government published the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations in full. The Regulations are available here. The Regulations form the legal basis for the method to conduct an employer’s gender pay gap calculations under the Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021.

The Regulations clarify a number of key areas including:

  • Employees on various types of leave, except those on a career break for the entire duration of the period, must be included in the calculations
  • Top up payments to those on certain leaves, such as maternity leave and sick leave, are to be included in the calculations; however, the amounts paid to an employee outside of the top up amount (such as by the department of social protection) in respect of these leaves is to be excluded
  • An employer’s gender pay gap report must be made available for both their employees and the public, this can take the form of publication on the employer’s website
  • While the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth considers it best practice for group companies, with separate legal entities who do not meet the 250 or more employee threshold, to report, it is not a legal requirement (where group companies have separate legal entities that do meet this threshold, each separate legal entity with 250 or more employees will have to report)

We also understand the Department are currently exploring sharing a sample report, for guidance purposes.

We welcome the publication of the Regulations but note that further clarity in a number of areas including treatment of equity require further clarification from the Department.

If you would like to explore how the Gender Pay Gap Regulations impact your organisation, we would be happy to discuss further. 

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