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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BBC proves recruiters prefer ‘Adam’ to ‘Mohamed’ – so why does bias persist, despite legislation?
Feb08

BBC proves recruiters prefer ‘Adam’ to ‘Mohamed’ – so why does bias persist, despite legislation?

BBC’s Inside Out, which aired this Monday, found a job seeker with an ‘English-sounding name’ was offered three times the number of interviews than an applicant with a Muslim name when applying for 100 roles detailing identical skills and experience. A separate interviewee who featured on the programme explained how he had applied for over 30 positions to teach religious education at various state schools using his given name but was...

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‘Zero Tolerance’ pledge but no firm action on maternity discrimination
Feb02

‘Zero Tolerance’ pledge but no firm action on maternity discrimination

Responding to the Women and Equalities Committee’s August report on workplace pregnancy, Business minister Margot James has announced the Government intends to discuss new proposals to give pregnant and new mothers greater protection from workplace discrimination. Ms James said: “We are determined to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination and a key part of that is making sure new and expectant mothers are supported...

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Rugby-v-HR – 6 top tips to make sure HR wins this Six Nations!
Jan30

Rugby-v-HR – 6 top tips to make sure HR wins this Six Nations!

HR Managers may not care too much about rugby, but the start of this year’s Six Nations tournament will bring HR challenges – in fact some commentators have said the biggest match of the tournament will, as always, be Rugby -v- HR. The Six Nations challenge sees the UK’s regions joined by Italy and France to compete for the RBS Six Nations trophy.  The first match of the tournament takes place this Saturday as...

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Sexism alive, and not kicking in uncomfortable workplace high heels, finds report
Jan26

Sexism alive, and not kicking in uncomfortable workplace high heels, finds report

A new report has again raised the issue surrounding dress codes at work and whether different rules for men and women can be regarded as discriminatory. In 2009 the College of Podiatry and the TUC called on employers to protect women at work by giving them a choice of footwear because of the long term problems high heels can cause. They said that around 2 million days a year are lost through sickness as a result of lower limb...

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Outcry as new Dad fired for attending birth of first child
Jan09

Outcry as new Dad fired for attending birth of first child

Often we hear reports filtering in from the US of huge benefits and expansive parental rights from companies in Silicon Valley, which include unlimited time off for both parents during the child’s first year from Netflix. However, you don’t get much more of a stark illustration of the difference between the parental benefit wars in Silicon Valley and the reality for US employees elsewhere than what happened to employee...

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Mind your flipping language!  The words HR should ban from the workplace
Jan05

Mind your flipping language! The words HR should ban from the workplace

HR News Editor, Lisa Baker discusses acceptable workplace language and how, despite HR ‘talking the talk’, there is still a long way to go. Traditionally, New Year brings with it a spate of resolutions and personal goals to better ourselves, ranging from visiting the gym more often through to learning a new language (and yes, I’m on a new year diet like many of my colleagues at the Activ Absence office!) We’re...

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Sex Discrimination: Even ‘Nasty’ women are 170 years away from economic equality with men!
Dec20

Sex Discrimination: Even ‘Nasty’ women are 170 years away from economic equality with men!

Guest blog by Michelle Chance, partner at national law firm Bond Dickinson LLP Donald Trump referred to Hilary Clinton, his female opponent in the U.S presidential election, as a “nasty woman”, a term I am confident he would not have used to describe a male candidate standing against him. The press have picked up on this, stating that “Nasty”( i.e. bullish, aggressive) women earn more than “Nice”(...

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