What is meant by 'equal pay'?

The law states that men and women are entitled to equal pay where they are doing the same work, or, in some cases, different types of work, but which are considered equivalent. These are categorised as:

Pay includes all aspects of wages and salaries, and also pensions. The equal pay laws apply to all employees (including apprentices and those working from home), whether on full-time, part-time, casual or temporary contracts, regardless of length of service, and to all other workers whose contracts require personal performance of work.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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