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
This is a significant ruling on the time limits for the commencement of equal pay proceedings under the Equal Pay Act. More...29 May 2009 14:20
Q I'm putting in place equal pay arrangements and we have a few obvious gaps to address, but on a tight budget. Can we, in the name of equality, reduce the salaries of some male employees to match the women at the same level – rather than raising t More...20 May 2009 15:43
The Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled recently in the case of Potter v North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, that equal pay claims can pre-date contracts agreed under Agenda for Change (AfC) , a major health service pay reform launched in 200 More...15 May 2009 10:30
The Civil Service gender pay gap outstrips that of the economy as a whole, official figures have revealed . Research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found median salaries in Whitehall for full-time male employees were 14% higher t More...06 May 2009 09:24
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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
Sunderland City Council has lost an employment tribunal brought by 150 female staff who claimed male-dominated roles were being targeted for bonuses .
The women successfully argued, in 12 test cases, that bonus payments of up to 50% of basic sal More...28 April 2009 09:31
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
Chances that the Equality Bill will do more to eradicate the gender pay gap looked slim last week when a new study revealed that two-thirds of organisations had not audited salary differences between women and men. A survey by law firm DLA Piper, of More...24 April 2009 16:01
Recent case law and upcoming legislation are likely to lift the veil of secrecy on pay inequality.
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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
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will unions accept the 0.5% pay deal for council workers?
how will a spate of equal pay cases affect the public and private sector?
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