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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The depressing headline that shows sexism still has a workplace, despite legislation
Mar28

The depressing headline that shows sexism still has a workplace, despite legislation

Following years of sexism and discrimination in the workplace, the parliamentary debate on sexist dress codes and new legislation aimed at closing the gender pay gap, and people asking about women leaders in the FTSE 100,  it seemed like the UK was ready to take action and stamp out sexism from the workplace. Sadly, it seems there is still some way to go. Two of the most powerful people in the UK met yesterday to discuss Brexit and...

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TUC: we need to protect workers from post-Brexit racism
Mar28

TUC: we need to protect workers from post-Brexit racism

“34% of BAME adults have witnessed or experienced racial abuse” Over a third (34%) of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016, a TUC poll has found. The ICM/TUC poll of over 1,000 BAME working adults also found that since the referendum: 1 in 5 BAME people (19%) have suffered or witnessed racial assault 2 in 5 (41%) have...

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Males suffer gender discrimination, too!
Mar23

Males suffer gender discrimination, too!

We often hear about women struggling to be taken seriously in male dominated professions, such as IT and construction – however, it’s worth bearing in mind that 42% of Male Secretaries, Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants have also been subjected to inaccurate gender stereotypes in the workplace. Male EAs and PAs from across the globe were asked about gender stereotyping in a survey for the Executive and Personal...

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Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?
Mar21

Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?

Guest blog by Karen DeBono, HR Manager – actively seeking UK employment Aren’t HR skills transferable? As a qualified professional, I’ve worked in HR for over 15 years as well as had numerous jobs in a variety of industries including cleaning, hospitality and retail sales.  I think I know about a lot of different jobs and different work environments, and I believed that regardless of the industry, my HR skills were...

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Workplace headscarf ban is ‘non-discriminatory’, rules ECJ – but HR professionals warn of the need for ‘caution’
Mar14

Workplace headscarf ban is ‘non-discriminatory’, rules ECJ – but HR professionals warn of the need for ‘caution’

The European Court of Justice has finally ruled that a Belgian employer who advised a muslim employee that she could not wear a headscarf to work was not discriminating against her religion. The claimant,  Ms Achbita, had sought legal redress after her employer,  G4S Secure Solutions NV, told her that wearing a headscarf would contravene its rules on neutrality when in the company of customers and subsequently amended its dress code...

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100 businesses pledge to ‘Working Forward’ on pregnancy and maternity rights at work
Mar08

100 businesses pledge to ‘Working Forward’ on pregnancy and maternity rights at work

A major coalition of businesses committed to ending discrimination of pregnant women and new mothers at work has reached over one million employees today after Pets at Home became the 100th partner. Pets at Home has joined the national coalition ‘Working Forward’ alongside major household names such as Barclays, BT Group and Mitie to promote the best ways employers can attract, develop and retain women at work and make their work...

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If we strive to be truly diverse employers, why are we still so afraid of disabled employees?
Feb15

If we strive to be truly diverse employers, why are we still so afraid of disabled employees?

Guest blog by Michelle Chance, Partner and Head of the London Employment Practice at national law firm Bond Dickinson LLP Government Consultation on Work, Health and Disability Green Paper I was delighted to participate in the Government’s Consultation on its Green Paper on Work, Health and Disability recently. A number of important action points for employers came out of our discussion, but, in my view, the Government needs to...

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Editor’s blog: Hidden figures and why we should challenge all forms of discrimination
Feb09

Editor’s blog: Hidden figures and why we should challenge all forms of discrimination

Everyone has been talking this week about racism, with Trump’s travel ban and some pretty shocking stats uncovered by Monday’s BBC’s inside out programme, which found that a man called Adam was three times as likely to get an interview as a man called Mohammed based on the same CV. Talent can come in any gender, race and age. I was fortunate to get a preview of a new film, Hidden Figures, this week, before it’s...

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