Local authorities could leave themselves open to discrimination claims if they ask employees to reveal their future plans, a legal firm has warned. It made the comment in the light of Cherwell District Council recently asking staff to work fewer hou More...15 September 2009 16:22
New paternity rights will cause an administrative nightmare, say employers' groups.
The new rights, to be announced today, will allow mothers returning to work after six months to transfer their unused six months' paternity leave to their partner. More...15 September 2009 09:23
In May the European Parliament voted against extending the minimum length of parental leave across the EU to 20 weeks for mothers and two weeks for fathers. What impact does this have on UK employers? Is it the end of the matter? And does it further con More...03 September 2009 00:00
More UK women than men now work in high-status professions, research by the University of Cambridge has shown, according to the BBC .
The research, which covered employment and pay in 10 European countries, found that women in the UK were just More...11 August 2009 09:40
Equalities minister Harriet Harman has defended her re-appointment of Trevor Phillips as the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
She told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show : "Fighting for equality is a very controversial thing a More...03 August 2009 09:52
Trevor Phillips has made the equalities watchdog a "laughing stock" according to a leading disabilities campaigner. Brian Rix, the president of disabilities charity Mencap, has joined the chorus of voices calling for Phillip's resignation from the E More...28 July 2009 13:46
Professions such as law and medicine are increasingly beyond the reach of those from all but the wealthiest backgrounds, according to a report into social mobility. The report, Fair access to the professions, was the result of work by a cross-party More...21 July 2009 10:04
Three more commissioners have resigned from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) over concerns about the organisation's leadership.
Jane Campbell, Francesca Klug and Bert Massie all resigned from the EHRC's board over the weekend, after More...20 July 2009 16:01
An employment tribunal has upheld a ruling that ex-City lawyer Gill Switalski was the victim of sexual discrimination and harassment.
Switalski is claiming £12m in compensation from her former employer F&C Assets Management for forcing her to qu More...20 July 2009 09:42
Jobcentre Plus is not doing all it can to promote equality, the diversity watchdog has said.
The first formal assessment carried out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found that the Department for Work and Pensions' Jobc More...08 July 2009 15:39
Employers may care to be more wary about how they handle environmental martinets after a tribunal ruled that a man who claimed he was sacked because of his strong eco views could bring a case under the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) regulatio More...07 July 2009 15:24
The equality watchdog "mistreated, penalised and pushed out" a female member of staff on maternity leave in an attempt make her unaware of promotional opportunities, a tribunal has heard.
In a three-day hearing against the Equalities and Human Righ More...07 July 2009 14:50
In just over 13 months the Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners has moved from an idea to a reality.
Since its formal launch in January, the IEDP has attracted 30 members, held its first General Meeting and elected a Board of Di More...29 June 2009 14:38
The University of Lincoln, described by former Equal Opportunities Minister Margaret Hodge MP as ‘an exemplar’ in the field of access and diversity when she visited the Lincoln campus, is further extending its diversity learning programme with Marshall More...17 June 2009 12:06
A leading HR director has today helped to launch a new project to get more women into the country's top boardrooms. Sally Bott, HR director at BP, will jointly head the 'Women on Board' project seeking to provide a bigger pool of female direct More...15 June 2009 10:49
What will the Equality Bill mean for employers, especially when it comes to equal pay? Robert James Washington analyses the Bill and its likely impact.
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Amendments to the Equality Bill will be debated in parliament today as it reaches the committee stage. The Bill, expected to come into force by autumn 2010, is set to replace nine laws with one single Act in a bid to make it easier for emplo More...02 June 2009 10:01
The 'glass ceiling' has been smashed and women have "never had it so good" at work, according to the outgoing chairman of Marks and Spencer. Sir Stuart Rose, who is due to stand down as head of the retail chain in 2011, told the Observer that wo More...01 June 2009 08:45
B&Q, BT, and the NHS are among the top employers for working families it has emerged. The firms were among 20 to make it onto an inaugural list of the best family-friendly employers from the past three decades. Work-life balance charity Wor More...28 May 2009 12:39
BT has asked hundreds of home-working staff to return to the office so the telecoms giant can retrain them in new skills to improve their division's performance. About 200 home-working staff in the global services division will go back to the office More...27 May 2009 10:08