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More than 225 Dentons lawyers recognised across 99 categories of The Legal 500 UK 2018
Dentons is pleased to announce that the Firm has been ranked in 99 categories in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 UK, and a total of 226 Dentons lawyers have been recognised across their respective practice areas.
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Is it time to review internal pay structures?
In a significant equal pay decision, the EAT has reaffirmed that female workers in Asda’s stores can compare themselves to higher paid male workers in Asda’s distribution centres. The retail workers are pursuing a work of equal value claim.
In reaching its decision the EAT considered the application of the “single source” test which requires that male and female workers have their pay and conditions set by a single source before they can make comparisons for equal pay purposes.
Asda argued that a comparison could not be drawn as the pay rates for both parties were set by different bodies using different methods. The judge rejected this, holding that "this was an ordinary case of a large organisation delegating the setting of pay to separate internal organs.” Asda’s executive board had the overall power to restore equal pay and so a single source existed.
Additionally the EAT found that it was not relevant in this case that the men and women were employed at different establishments and at different locations. The history of the different pay rates was also not relevant, even though the distribution centres were more heavily unionised and had collective agreements.
The journey for this case still has a long way to go. First off, Asda is appealing this EAT decision to the Court of Appeal and this preliminary point could well end up before the Supreme Court. Assuming the employees continue to be successful, the Tribunal would then need to decide whether the work carried out by both parties is of “equal value”. Asda is maintaining that the pay rates differ for legitimate reasons, including the different market rates for different jobs in different sectors.
This case, and the gender pay gap reporting obligations which many employers are currently grappling with, serves as a reminder that employers should review their pay structures to identify any potential equal pay issues, and then take appropriate action to resolve these issues.