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Tuesday 26 June 2018

Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlies Flanagan TD, and Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, publish the General Scheme of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr Charlie Flanagan TD, and the Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, Mr David Stanton TD, today (Tuesday) announced the publication of the General Scheme of the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill which was approved by the Cabinet today.

This significant Bill will provide that employers with a certain number of employees (which will be set at 50 or more after an initial period of operation for bigger firms) must publish information on the gender pay gap in their firm.

Notable elements of the General Scheme of the Bill are:

  • the Minister shall make regulations requiring publication of information on the gender pay gap in firms;
  • the regulations will apply to employers with 250+ employees initially, then to those with 150+ and finally those with 50+;
  • the regulations will apply to the public as well as the private sector subject to the employment thresholds;
  • in addition to differences in hourly pay, information on differences in bonus pay, part-time pay and pay of men and women on temporary contracts will be among the data which must be published;
  • the regulations may also require publication of differences in pay by reference to job classifications;
  • the enforcement mechanisms include a power for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to apply to the Circuit Court for an order requiring an employer to comply with the legislation. Also, an employee of the employer concerned may apply to the Workplace Relations Commission for an order requiring compliance. There is a provision too for designated officers who would investigate a sample of employers to ensure that the information published is accurate.

The General Scheme will now be submitted to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality for pre-legislative scrutiny.

View the General Scheme and Press Release.

Download a copy of the General Scheme (PDF)


Tuesday 13 March 2018

Minister Stanton addresses United Nations Commission for the Status of Women, New York

 “We want to ensure that no one is left behind. Rural women and girls are often the farthest and hardest to reach. But that should not deter us from redoubling our efforts to ensure that they too can benefit”.


Minister Stanton delivers Ireland's national statement to UN CSW62, with Ambassador Byrne Nason presiding as Chair. Tuesday 13 March 2018, UN, New York.

 Minister Stanton at UNCSW62, March 2018

 

 


Monday 12 March 2018

Ireland’s chairing of the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women, New York

In March 2017, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the UN was elected by acclamation as Chair of the 45-member Commission on the Status of Women for its next two sessions in 2018 and 2019.

Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton TD, is representing the Government at the 62nd session of CSW, taking place from 12 to 23 March 2018 and chaired by Ambassador Byrne Nason.

The priority theme for 2018 will focus on the empowerment of rural women and girls. The Commission will also review progress made in regard to women’s participation in and access to the media and the impact and use of ICT to advance women’s empowerment, last discussed at its 47th session.

A welcome message from Ambassador Byrne Nason and further information about the Commission's work and the forthcoming session can be viewed on the UN Women website, and from Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

During the session in New York, selected discussions are broadcast live and may be viewed online at UN WebTV.

For updates on Twitter, please see: #CSW62 @IrishMissionUN @DeptJusticeIRL

 


Thursday 11 January 2018

National Symposium, "Rising to the challenge - addressing Ireland's gender pay gap", Iveagh House, 10 January 2018

A summary report of the responses to the recent public consultation on the gender pay gap was published at a National Symposium, "Rising to the challenge - addressing Ireland's gender pay gap", on 10 January 2018, hosted by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton.

Details of the consultation process, and of the summary report, are available at the following link: Public Consultation August 2017.
For further information on the symposium please see: Conferences.

 

For news relating to 2017 and earlier, please see the Archive pages.

 

 

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