Organisations use our Equal Pay Consultancy service in a variety of ways, ranging from an initial opinion as to the validity of a Case to an in depth analysis of all aspects of a Claim. The main ones are as follows:
- General Advice on the strengths and / or weaknesses of a case.
- Interviewing the Job Holders and drafting Job Descriptions for use in Equal Value Cases. Their quality is of critical importance and as such, a precursor of a favourable outcome. It should be noted that this type of Job Description is different from and more complex than those produced for other purposes. And is structured differently from witness statements drafted by lawyers.
- Commenting on the Other Parties Job Descriptions. It is of critical importance to do this because they are a significant factor in the determination of the outcome. A thorough understanding of those produced by the other side is an essential prerequisite to a successful defence against any Equal Value Claim.
- An analysis of Work Demands, the identification of appropriate Factors and the development of a Framework, for assessing a Question of Equal Value.
- Critically Appraise Reports by Independent Experts and / or Partisan Experts. Both types of report are open to challenge, both are evidence that may or may not be given weight by the Tribunal. In these circumstances it is important to ensure that strengths and weaknesses in either are identified and their impact assessed.
- Determine what questions to ask of an Independent Expert and / or Partisan Expert. Reports are subject to challenge and question, if you decide this is a relevant course of action it is one of the few direct ways of influencing the results of an Equal Value Exercise.
- Compile an alternative Report. If it is considered that the Independent Experts Report should be challenged we can provide you with an alternative Report that is compatible with the Tribunal’s requirements.
- Assess whether a Job Evaluation Scheme is compatible with the legislative requirements. That is, it is not based on a system that discriminates because of sex, or is otherwise unreliable.