Getting Gender Diversity right in Law Firms
May12

Getting Gender Diversity right in Law Firms

HR and legal experts from across the UK recently convened at Simmons & Simmons Law firm in London to discuss the issue of gender diversity in the legal sector, almost 100 years since women were introduced to working in law firms. The event was chaired by Jennifer Liston-Smith from My Family Care who hosted the event with legal & compliance consultancy FIDES. A series of high profile, expert speakers shared insight into the...

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As Government rejects ‘high heels ban’, diversity experts await new guidelines
Apr27

As Government rejects ‘high heels ban’, diversity experts await new guidelines

Despite all the hoop-la surrounding sexist dress codes which require women to wear high heels to work, the UK Government last week rejected calls to place an explicit ban on these and similar dress codes. The Women and Equalities Committee heard evidence from Temporary Receptionist Nicola Thorp (above) who had been sent home from work for wearing smart but flat, comfortable shoes, and also heard from black women who had been told to...

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The football gender gap must get the boot!
Apr21

The football gender gap must get the boot!

It’s great that we now care sufficiently about the gender pay gap that large businesses are now required to report it.  However, the way we treat our sporting heroes doesn’t set the best example for the rest of society to follow. The Women’s FA was originally formed in 1969, and three years later the first women’s World Cup took place. Since then, the interest in women’s football has grown, in regards to players and fans....

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The UK Workforce: Challenging Female Stereotypes and Gender Issues
Apr20

The UK Workforce: Challenging Female Stereotypes and Gender Issues

Guest blog by Pascal Culverhouse,  Founder and Managing Director of Electric Tobacconist Ltd The UK is entering a period in its history that many of us have had little experience of. With labour shortages already causing problems, we can only wonder how we are going to fare as the government begins its Brexit negotiations. But for a much longer time, there has been a more pressing issue in the UK’s labour market: the issue of gender....

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Reasonable adjustments are ‘crucial’ to improving representation of autistic adults in the workplace
Apr19

Reasonable adjustments are ‘crucial’ to improving representation of autistic adults in the workplace

In light of figures released by The National Autistic Society, which reveal that just 16% of autistic adults are in full-time paid work, HR and diversity consultancy the Clear Company has urged employers to ensure that they are able to provide reasonable adjustments which can prove crucial to the success of an autistic person in the workplace. According to The National Autistic Society’s report ‘The Autism Employment Gap’, 32% of...

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Fujitsu launches major initiative to drive diversity and inclusion
Apr19

Fujitsu launches major initiative to drive diversity and inclusion

Tech company Fujitsu have announced a major initiative to drive the evolution of its diversity programme and help accelerate digital transformation, with a year-long initiative to identify global best practices in diversity and inclusion. To spearhead this initiative, Steven Cox, previously Head of Fujitsu’s Public Sector and Transport business in the UK and Ireland, will be taking up a twelve-month secondment as Diversity and...

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Why reasonable adjustments for disabled workers usually benefit your whole workforce
Apr13

Why reasonable adjustments for disabled workers usually benefit your whole workforce

When kitting out an office to suit all physical needs, there is the assumption that this will involve purchasing ‘specialist’ equipment, which is not only expensive, it is often not in-keeping with the overall office décor. For this reason, many office managers tend to bury their heads in the sand, adhering only to the strictest disability requirement laws, such as disabled toilets, designated parking and adaptable access. As a...

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Attracting diverse talent is not one-size-fits-all
Apr13

Attracting diverse talent is not one-size-fits-all

Guest blog by Anne Allen, UK Head of People Experience at Xero While a lot of organisations recognise the importance of gender diversity as essential to business success, too many treat related attraction, recruitment and retention activities as one-size-fits-all. This approach won’t move the needle as, despite being well-intentioned, what works for one person might not for another. It’s not political correctness –...

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Gender pay reporting goes live – HR reacts
Apr06

Gender pay reporting goes live – HR reacts

Thousands of employers will publish their gender pay gap figures for the first time from today, helping break the glass ceiling and create a more modern workforce. The UK is one of the first countries in the world to require gender pay gap reporting and follows the government’s commitment to introduce the requirements at the last election. This is a key part of the government’s work to eliminate the gender pay gap. Voluntary, private...

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Young Women’s Trust calls for more action to tackle the gender pay gap, as new reporting measures are implemented
Apr06

Young Women’s Trust calls for more action to tackle the gender pay gap, as new reporting measures are implemented

Young Women’s Trust, a charity for women aged 16-30 on low or no pay, is calling for more action to reduce the gender pay gap, as new reporting requirements come into effect in April. The charity fears that pay transparency, intended to encourage employers to reduce the gender pay gap, will be ineffective without enforcement and proper plans to tackle reported inequalities. From Thursday 6 April, firms with more than 250 employees...

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Glassdoor survey shows 2/3 UK working women will shun employers over lack of equal pay
Apr06

Glassdoor survey shows 2/3 UK working women will shun employers over lack of equal pay

A new survey from leading job site Glassdoor shows that companies that fail to pay men and women the same will struggle to recruit female talent in the UK, but that a focus on diversity, gender balance in senior leadership and women’s networks could attract both female and male job candidates.   “The gender pay gap is set to be a major issue in the UK this year, not least because employers are grappling with the challenge of how to...

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Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?
Apr05

Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?

  Guest post by berg, a law firm that works closely with companies to navigate the potentially tricky post-gender pay gap reporting period. As part of an ongoing effort to tackle to UK’s gender pay gap, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 will come into force in April this year. Businesses with 250 employees or more will have to report on the wage gap, which currently stands at a national average...

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Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’
Apr05

Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’

Mercer survey finds one third of organisations globally do not have a designated D&I program for LGBT employees 75% of Western European companies say legal restrictions prevent them from offering equal benefits to LGBT employees Companies based in the UK attribute the lack of equal benefits on the absence of capable vendors The expansion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and awareness has had profound...

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Tackling gender bias: we talk to the women who’ve succeeded in male dominated professions
Apr05

Tackling gender bias: we talk to the women who’ve succeeded in male dominated professions

Leading packaging supplier Rajapack have looked at gender diversity in the workplace. Speaking to female industry experts from sectors that have been traditionally male-dominated, such as construction, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain, packaging and engineering. It’s clear that parity benefits everyone, on both an individual and corporate level.  research shows: £23 trillion could be added to the global GDP by 2025 if women are...

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Autism awareness week: ‘Disability’ delivers first class ability for Northampton employer
Mar31

Autism awareness week: ‘Disability’ delivers first class ability for Northampton employer

Often we are trained to view workers with a disability as ‘disadvantaged in the workforce’, however workers with autism would prefer to be seen as ‘differently abled’. This has certainly proved to be the case for 45 year old Simon Hamilton, whose acute observation skills and attention to detail have proved to be a winning formula and helped to underpin a complete career change. Having held a variety of jobs in...

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