Firms that employ 250 staff or more will be required to make public average hourly rates of pay for both sexes – but they have until 2013 to comply.
The Bill also aims to tackle discrimination against elderly people and those from working class backgrounds.
It’s 40 years since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act yet women still earn, on average, 23% less per hour.
And that is outrageous.
Some business leaders claim small firms are already struggling to cope with a ‘mass’ of employment law and new legislation is unnecessary.
However, industry leaders should accept that if they treated women equally then there would be no need to introduce more legislation.
And at a time when people are living longer, is it really fair to force workers to retire at a set age?
If someone wishes to work into their late 60s, 70s or beyond, why shouldn’t they be able to?
Education authorities will also have to come up with policies which prevent children from poorer backgrounds from missing out on places at the best schools.
Again, that can only be good.
Thankfully, years ago we stopped discriminating against people because of the colour of their skin or their sexuality and its high time society was fairer and paid people the same regardless of gender or age.
And that children have the same chance in life regardless of how much, or how little, their dad or mum has in the bank.