Race pay gap shock as research shows black workers with A-levels earn 10% less than white colleagues
Aug17

Race pay gap shock as research shows black workers with A-levels earn 10% less than white colleagues

– Black workers with A-levels earn £1.20 an hour less than whites – Black pay gap widest for those with degrees (14%) and higher education certs and diplomas (20%) Black workers whose highest qualifications are A-levels earn 10% less than their white peers – missing out on an average £1.20 per hour. The new analysis was published by the TUC this week, in advance of A-level results. Race pay gap increases in line with...

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Is it illegal and/or outdated to advertise for ‘attractive’ staff?
Aug03

Is it illegal and/or outdated to advertise for ‘attractive’ staff?

A London bar has drawn criticism after posting a job advert for bar staff. The ad, by House of Wax, stated that “physical attractiveness is unfortunately necessary for this role” and, as well as a having a fun, lively attitude, it also specified that female applicants “must be comfortable wearing black heels during their shift”. Predictably, the backlash has been swift with Nicola Thorp, whose petition regarding the requirement to...

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Corporate responsibility and tackling racist abuse at work
Aug02

Corporate responsibility and tackling racist abuse at work

Mike James of Planday.com discusses the role and responsibility of employers in dealing with racially abusive employees. The increase in race-hate incidents since the Brexit vote is a worrying trend. A report by the BBC last year illustrated a 41% increase in incidents of racist or religious abuse incidents in the month following the referendum compared to the same month the previous year. Britain enjoys an increasingly diverse...

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1 in 4 Professionals claim they have experienced discrimination at interview
Jul31

1 in 4 Professionals claim they have experienced discrimination at interview

The latest study from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has found that nearly one in four (22%) professionals in the UK have experienced discrimination during an interview, and for the majority (39.3%) it was because of their age. The survey of 1,200 workers, sought to reveal how many professionals in the UK have been affected by interview discrimination, and the reasons for this. The data found that over half of...

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Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears
Jul20

Thousands of working mothers cut short maternity leave over discrimination & job fears

Despite the Government announcing a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to maternity discrimination back in February, newly released research has found that it is still a massive problem for UK parents and parents-to-be.  The problem is contributing to women feeling unable to take their full maternity leave, with researchers finding: Only 12% of working mothers take a full year’s maternity leave and almost one in five (18%) take...

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Worried about gender pay reporting?  Why not tackle the gender pay gap!
Jul19

Worried about gender pay reporting? Why not tackle the gender pay gap!

Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer discusses how businesses can take positive action to reduce the gender pay gap in their organisation. From 2014-2016 Peninsula experienced a 83% increase in advice requests regarding gender discrimination with the on-going gender pay gap discussion being the most prevalent issue for business owners.  Following today’s BBC report, which saw the corporation admitting that two-thirds of its...

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Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes
Jul19

Press cries ‘sexism’ as BBC Gender Pay Report shows a distinct disparity between sexes

In order to comply with the Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations, as well as Prime Minister Theresa May’s rules requiring the identification of BBC staff earning more than £150,000 a year, the corporation has today released the salaries of 96 of its top stars. The total pay for those on the list is almost £30million. The data released today shows a definite pay gap between top BBC male and female presenters. Only a third of the 96...

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Life-changing partnership supports people living with HIV to get back into the workplace
Jul18

Life-changing partnership supports people living with HIV to get back into the workplace

“My confidence hit rock bottom – but now I’ve been employed for three years and am excited for the future” A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are currently unemployed. Many face barriers including gaps on their CV, low confidence and lack of skills when going back to work, as well as misunderstanding from employers about the condition. Many of these individuals are skilled, trained professionals who are overlooked or...

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Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim
Jul17

Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim

An employment tribunal has awarded a woman £50,000 compensation after her former employers accused her of not doing ‘a single day’s work’ while she underwent treatment for breast cancer. Eimear Coghlan, 34, was initially treated with “sympathy and concern” by her boss, Poonam Dhawan-Leach, chief executive of The Hideaways Club in Kensington, however their professional relationship struggled when Ms. Coghlan needed to go for regular...

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One in three LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work
Jul13

One in three LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work

A major new study published by the TUC has found that more than one in three (36%) of LGBT people have been harassed or bullied at work. More than 5,000 LGBT people responded to the survey, making it the most comprehensive workplace survey of LGBT people in the UK.  The findings are both shocking and surprising:   Harassment and discrimination: More than one in three (36%) of LGBT workers have been harassed or bullied at work....

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Case law shows the need for caution with ‘funny’ workplace gifts to co-workers
Jun29

Case law shows the need for caution with ‘funny’ workplace gifts to co-workers

Simon Robinson, Employment Law Partner at gunnercooke LLP, discusses a case where a ‘funny mug’ led to an employee being dismissed from work. What is an acceptable workplace gift in a work environment where swearing and offensive remarks are commonplace?  In a recent case, Reed v CF Fertilisers UK Limited, the employment tribunal judge considered “a case about humour at work that has gone wrong”, when the Claimant brought...

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When does banter in the workplace cross the line?
Jun22

When does banter in the workplace cross the line?

It’s been a challenging week for the UK.  Since the recent election and delay of the Queen’s speech, everyone has an opinion, leading to some serious workplace debates – but when does workplace banter become unacceptable?   We spoke to Peninsula HR Director Alan Price. The recent election has seen some serious debates between colleagues – and sometimes managers are getting involved. The issue of office banter...

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After Uber: how to prevent sexual harassment and encourage employees to raise concerns
Jun22

After Uber: how to prevent sexual harassment and encourage employees to raise concerns

Peninsula Head of Advisory Kate Palmer, discusses how employers can protect themselves from high-profile sexual harassment cases through prevention, openness and support for staff.   Preventing sexual harassment is one of the most concerning elements of managing staff for many employers. Employers have an obligation to prevent this from occurring and, if it can be shown they have not taken all reasonable steps to stop this, then...

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Shock as 8 out of 10 employers admit ‘regional accents influence recruitment decisions’
Jun08

Shock as 8 out of 10 employers admit ‘regional accents influence recruitment decisions’

Does having a strong accent have an impact on recruitment decisions, and on our perceptions of candidates? Facilities management company DCS Multiserve did some research, and the results were surprising.   Accents affect employability Research proves a clear link between employability and recruitment, but surprisingly continues to shape the way employees are treated at work.  Eight in 10 employers admit to making discriminating...

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GMB reveals 10 million now in insecure work, and TUC reveals BAME workers over a third more likely to have insecure employment
Jun07

GMB reveals 10 million now in insecure work, and TUC reveals BAME workers over a third more likely to have insecure employment

New research, unveiled at the union’s 100th annual congress in Plymouth, reveals that up to one in three of the UK workforce are now in precarious employment – defined as those in the gig economy, on zero or short hours contracts, temporary workers, the underemployed and those at risk of bogus self-employment. Precarious work impacts on the individual worker, their family and on the Treasury.  A GMB poll asked 1,000 precarious workers...

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