The Equal Pay Act (Northern Ireland) 1970 established the principle that both men and women who are performing like work or work of a broadly similar nature or, work which is rated as equivalent under a job evaluation scheme, should not receive less favourable treatment in relation to their pay or other contractual terms on the basis of their gender. Any difference in treatment in relation to pay and other contract terms which cannot be justified may be viewed as discrimination on the grounds of sex. Guidance and a model policy is available from the Equality Commission.
The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.