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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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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