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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People with MS facing ‘disturbing’ levels of workplace bullying and mistreatment
Oct20

People with MS facing ‘disturbing’ levels of workplace bullying and mistreatment

The MS Society reveals that people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) are facing ‘disturbing’ levels of disability discrimination at work, as it releases new survey results. In a survey of 1,018 people living with MS, almost a quarter (24%) of respondents say their employer has treated them badly as a result of their condition, and a fifth (20%) say their work colleagues have done so. Of the people who say they have faced...

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Should the UK follow Germany’s lead to end Maternity Discrimination?
Oct20

Should the UK follow Germany’s lead to end Maternity Discrimination?

  Guest blog by Alexander Ulrich, partner at law firm Kliemt & Vollstädt, Germany and Russell Brimelow, Partner at law firm Lewis Silkin LLP, UK. Both firms are members of global HR and employment law firm alliance Ius Laboris. Introduction: The UK Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has recently highlighted a “shocking” increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination – affecting both pregnant women and women returning from...

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Another BBC diversity row: white paper says key to diversity is fair testing, not ethnic recruitment quotas
Oct06

Another BBC diversity row: white paper says key to diversity is fair testing, not ethnic recruitment quotas

Diversity and the problems created by positive discrimination at the BBC have again been thrown into the spotlight after Jon Holmes, a BBC presenter, claimed that he was sacked for being a white man. Rather than positively discriminating to recruit a diverse workforce, which creates headlines and bad press, the onus should be on recruiters to implement measures that are fair and which focus on someone’s ability to do the job, say...

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Nurse, 57, disbarred for racist assault on cab driver
Oct05

Nurse, 57, disbarred for racist assault on cab driver

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel has found that mental health nurse Elaine Roots is unfit to continue practising as a nurse for 6 months following her conviction for assaulting an islamic taxi following after a racist row about women’s rights in islamic culture. Roots has already retired from her job since the incident.  She had taken a cab home after a night out, during which she had drunk a quantity of wine and...

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What effect can employees’ social media posts have on your business?
Oct03

What effect can employees’ social media posts have on your business?

Coronation Street actor Marc Anwar has apologised after posting “racially offensive” tweets and police are investigating whether or not his comments amount to a hate crime. The actor’s shocking rant included referring to Indians as “b******s” and “p***-drinking c****” in a series of rants following a dispute between India and Pakistan over an incident in Kashmir.  ITV fired Anwar immediately but has the...

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Tattoos and Piercings: unacceptable in the workplace or just a matter of diversity?
Oct03

Tattoos and Piercings: unacceptable in the workplace or just a matter of diversity?

HR Diversity Consultancy, The Clear Company, has responded to research commissioned by Acas from academics at King’s College, London, which suggests that tattoos are still considered unacceptable in many workplaces. The consultancy works with large multi-nationals to help them to become more inclusive in their hiring decisions. As Director, Kate Headley, points out, bias around body art and piercings is one of the most hotly...

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Discrimination persists in recruitment, albeit unconscious
Sep29

Discrimination persists in recruitment, albeit unconscious

The latest data from the CIPD suggests that discrimination in recruitment remains a big barrier to diversity and inclusion, but most is done unconsciously, according to diversity consultancy, The Clear Company. Analysing the results of the Attitudes to employability and talent report, the firm identified a staggering disparity between perceptions of what makes a person employable in a range of diverse groups and the number of those...

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Disability still seen as a barrier to career progression
Sep29

Disability still seen as a barrier to career progression

More than a third (37 per cent) of UK workers believe disability is still a barrier to career progression, despite anti-discrimination legislation. In a study commissioned by PMI Health Group, part of Willis Towers Watson, nearly one in five (17 per cent) 1 also claimed employers fail to make adequate provisions to accommodate their, or their colleagues’, disabilities. “Companies have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments, where...

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RIDI Awards – Deadline Extended
Sep22

RIDI Awards – Deadline Extended

Following requests from interested parties, the official deadline for entry into this year’s Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Awards has been extended until Friday 23rd September 2016. Now in their third year, the awards celebrate the success of organisations which are taking steps to improve the inclusion of disabled talent. Employers and recruiters now have a week to share their stories to help inspire others to...

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Ex-offender recruitment charity calls on employers to support National Inclusion Week
Sep22

Ex-offender recruitment charity calls on employers to support National Inclusion Week

Award-winning local recruitment consultancy Working Chance is calling on more Islington-based employers to develop an inclusive workplace culture to celebrate National Inclusion Week (26 Sep-2 Oct). Working Chance, based near Angel tube station, helps women with criminal convictions as well as women leaving care find employment. It prides itself on having an inclusive approach and to date has placed more than 700 women with...

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