The MP who suggested names should be banned from job applications to prevent discrimination has stood by her proposal despite it attracting fierce criticism from the HR profession. Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP and party spokeswoman for equ More...26 May 2009 11:27
Part-time employees pursuing damages for alleged unfavourable treatment against them because of their status must identify an appropriate full-time comparator, an Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled. In a recent judgement in Carl V University of She More...21 May 2009 08:00
Disabled workers must not be unfairly affected by the recession, the TUC has warned at its annual disability conference . The union said research from previous recessions has shown disabled workers faced unfair selection for redundancy, and it More...20 May 2009 12:22
Unemployment has risen to 2.2m over the past quarter, the highest in almost three decades, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have shown. Figures out today revealed the total jobless in the UK increased by 244,000 between January an More...12 May 2009 14:30
More training is needed to help civil service HR functions end 'discriminatory' job advertising practices which are fuelling the gender pay gap, leading industry figures claim.
A recent report by campaigning charity Working Families revealed 71% of More...01 May 2009 11:56
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Swine flu: should employers really pay attention to the media hype and should HR be preparing now for a pandemic? Includes an interview with the editor at Personnel Today's sister publication, Occupational Health, More...01 May 2009 11:13
Women face discrimination from the very start of their careers, preventing them from ever reaching a perceived glass ceiling, a leading employment consultancy has said. The news comes just days after the government published its long-awaited Equalit More...01 May 2009 09:44
A West Midlands Police chief superintendent took the Champion Award at the Opportunity Now Awards in London last night.
Phil Kay was credited for his work in eradicating a monoculture within his department at a glitzy London ceremony, which More...30 April 2009 11:22
A major equal pay case involving the Department for Transport will begin tomorrow, where the gender pay gap stands at 21% - some 4% higher than the national average. A London employment tribunal will hear how women working in the predominantly femal More...28 April 2009 17:13
The Equality Bill has been criticised as poorly timed and "bureaucratic" by opposition politicians.
Published yesterday, the bill replaces nine diversity laws in an attempt to make it easier for organisations to promote equality in the workp More...28 April 2009 16:05
Leading HR and business groups have condemned the government's introduction of gender pay audits as a "bullet aimed at employers".
As part of the Equality Bill, published Monday, private sector employers with more than 250 staff will be forced to r More...28 April 2009 00:56
The long-awaited Equality Bill has been published today, setting new laws to help narrow the gap between gender pay and strengthen anti-discrimination legislation. The Bill, expected to come into force by autumn 2010, is set to replace nine law More...27 April 2009 11:27
Sunderland City Council is considering whether to appeal against an employment tribunal decision to award compensation to a section of its female employees that were not permitted the same bonus opportunities as their male counterparts. The bonus sch More...17 April 2009 08:00
A Sunderland City Council bonus scheme directed at male-dominated jobs such as street cleaning and refuse collecting has been deemed discriminatory against female workers at an employment tribunal.
The council bonus scheme, which made payments of u More...16 April 2009 12:01
City HR managers must act now to stop talented women leaving the corporate world in search of new careers, an expert has warned. A global survey of 1,059 people by financial services firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers, of which 90% were female, wa More...15 April 2009 13:53
The gender pay gap in the finance sector stands at 60% - more than twice the national average - research has revealed.
A report commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that on average women working full time in areas inc More...09 April 2009 10:37
Equalities minister Harriet Harman's Equality Bill will, if enacted, extend the law on direct discrimination to include discrimination by association and perception to disability, sex, gender reassignment and age in both the employment field and be More...03 April 2009 12:00
Equality campaigners and leading business groups have delivered a lukewarm response to new parental leave proposals aimed at generating greater parity between entitlements for mothers and fathers. In its Wo rking Better report, the Equality and More...03 April 2009 10:38
Female firefighters can finally wear a uniform suited to their bodies rather than putting up with an adapted version of the men's suit. The Fire and Rescue Service said that better-fitted protective clothing, which includes uniforms for maternity and More...30 March 2009 10:08
Statutory maternity pay should be scaled back and fathers should get eight weeks of paid leave, the equalities watchdog has said today. Outlining a 10-year strategy that would cost £5.3bn a year, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC More...30 March 2009 09:45