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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So how are we progressing with gender pay in practice?
Jun05

So how are we progressing with gender pay in practice?

Luke Hutchings, Partner at multi-disciplinary law firm, Taylor Rose TTKW, examines how employers are progressing with the new gender pay legislation.   Last month, The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 for the voluntary sector and private employers came into force. The new legislation requires all employers within these sectors, with 250 or more employees to publish information about the gender pay...

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Does ‘gingerism’ really exist?
May30

Does ‘gingerism’ really exist?

A Premier League manager has recently joked that the reason why his name is not linked with the bigger clubs is because he’s ginger, calling it “gingerist”. It may have been a flippant comment, but some employers reading this joke may find themselves considering whether ginger haired people are protected from discrimination at work. Not explicity mentioned in the Equality Act – but protected anyway Discrimination laws cover a...

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‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career
May18

‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career

As talent shortages persist, employers cannot afford to ‘write off’ any group of potential workers, yet it is significantly harder for adults with learning disabilities to obtain work than almost any other client group. Individuals with Down’s syndrome battle misperceptions about their capabilities and often can’t even get an interview. The Down’s Syndrome Association’s ‘Workfit’ team are doing an amazing job of...

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Recruiters paint an ugly picture of tattoo discrimination
May18

Recruiters paint an ugly picture of tattoo discrimination

Majority (64%) of recruiters admit they find tattoos an “undesirable feature” A study by CIPD course providers, DPG Plc., has revealed that 64% of recruiters thought that tattoos were an undesirable feature in candidates. The study, which can be viewed in full here, also found that over half (54%) of hiring decision makers think that tattoos can have a negative impact on the workplace. The findings highlight the potentially widespread...

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How HR can support Muslim employees during Ramadan
May18

How HR can support Muslim employees during Ramadan

In the Arab world, Ramadan brings shortened work hours for most employees but in the UK it’s often business as usual. ELAS employment law consultant Emma O’Leary takes a look at how employers can help support their employees throughout the month: What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar; it is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to learn about discipline and self-restraint. This year...

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Is it time to report on the ethnicity pay gap too?
May15

Is it time to report on the ethnicity pay gap too?

The Fawcett Society published new analysis of the gender pay gap by ethnicity in March 2017. The analysis reveals real inequalities, with some minority ethnic groups making great strides while pay for others lags far behind. Fawcett has also calculated the gap within ethnic groups as well as the gap between minority ethnic women and White British men to reveal a truer picture of gender inequality. Among the statistics revealed by the...

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Does HR need to change recruitment processes following EAT ruling on disability discrimination?
May04

Does HR need to change recruitment processes following EAT ruling on disability discrimination?

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a woman with Asperger’s syndrome was discriminated against during the notoriously competitive recruitment process for the Government Legal Service (GLS). Terri Brookes, who represented herself, was asked to take a situational judgement test as part of the first stage of her application. She had requested to be allowed to submit short written answers to the questions as 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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Research proves ‘parental penalty’: women earn 3% less per child
Apr13

Research proves ‘parental penalty’: women earn 3% less per child

Mothers are paid 3% less for every child they have compared to their female colleagues who do not have children, new research from Université Paris-Saclay reveals. Fathers suffer no such penalty at all. Lionel Wilner, Director of Graduate Studies at engineering and statistics school ENSAE, founding member of Université Paris-Saclay, studied 16 years of data from organisations in the French private sector between 1995 and 2011 to...

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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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