Should we tackle the ‘Gender PPE Gap’?
Jul24

Should we tackle the ‘Gender PPE Gap’?

As we recently reported, the lack of adequate PPE designed specifically for women is creating clear safety issues for women in the workplace, who are in the main coping with poorly fitting standard clothing stocked mainly for male colleagues. The Tfl employee in the image shows what many female workers have to tolerate, a hazard jacket that is too big, with sleeves that cover your hands, safety gloves too loose, a hat that slips over...

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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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UBER This! Why Gender Intelligence is Critical to the Company’s Future
Jul13

UBER This! Why Gender Intelligence is Critical to the Company’s Future

President and CEO of Global Risk Institute, Richard Nesbitt, discusses the importance of gender intelligence – and why management behaviour needs to change< The recent board and management shenanigans at UBER serve as a reminder of how much work many organizations still need around gender intelligence. One of the most important opportunities that exists is to improve our companies by achieving management teams and boards...

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New toolkit launched to help HR Directors attract more women into STEM careers
Jun29

New toolkit launched to help HR Directors attract more women into STEM careers

A new toolkit has been launched to help HR directors attract more women into technical roles in engineering, IT, construction and science. WISE, which campaigns to get more women and girls into STEM, the engineering skills body Semta and the Institution of Civil Engineers have formed a partnership to launch the apprenticeship toolkit for all businesses that employ staff in STEM roles – most commonly engineering, ICT and science....

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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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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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Why employers should act fast on gender pay gap
May25

Why employers should act fast on gender pay gap

Businesses are being warned not to leave gender pay gap audits to the last minute, to avoid public ‘naming and shaming’ in the media. There are more than 10 months until the deadline for employers with 250+ employees to publish their gender pay gap figures, and many employers are looking to start looking at the numbers later this year or early next year. However, employment law specialists at Menzies Law in Bristol are warning...

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Getting Gender Diversity right in Law Firms
May12

Getting Gender Diversity right in Law Firms

HR and legal experts from across the UK recently convened at Simmons & Simmons Law firm in London to discuss the issue of gender diversity in the legal sector, almost 100 years since women were introduced to working in law firms. The event was chaired by Jennifer Liston-Smith from My Family Care who hosted the event with legal & compliance consultancy FIDES. A series of high profile, expert speakers shared insight into the...

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Research reveals shocking gender disparity at the top of the Tech Sector
May11

Research reveals shocking gender disparity at the top of the Tech Sector

Chris Rowson, Managing Director, Ecardshack, asks why the tech sector is failing to close the gender gap The gender gap in the tech sector continues to persist.  The disparity between the genders at both executive and director levels has been brought further into the light in recent years, alongside the gender pay gap. Despite a lot of progress at board level boardroom representation, it is still drastically uneven.  Analysis of the...

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Worldwide debate erupts as Aussie politician breastfeeds in Parliament
May11

Worldwide debate erupts as Aussie politician breastfeeds in Parliament

Australian Senator Larissa Waters made headlines this week by becoming the first politician to breastfeed in the Australian Parliament during a vote on Tuesday. Waters is the first politician to actually breastfeed in the Australian Parliament, but Spanish MP Carolina Benscansa breastfed her son in parliament last year.  A conservative parliamentarian accused her of taking a “lamentable” action, and a socialist MP called it...

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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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Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?
Apr25

Could job sharing help minimise the parent penalty in senior roles?

Guest blog by Sara Allen, senior strategist and job share expert for Further & More. The parent penalty is a curious feature of modern work – talented, highly experienced senior staff in whom employers have invested time and training walk away from well-paid, senior roles once they have kids. It’s equally frustrating for parents, and employers, alike. Replacing staff is expensive, costing around 75% of a year’s salary; and...

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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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