Equality & diversity

Employers can enhance maternity pay and not shared parental pay

The Court of Appeal has ruled today that employers can enhance maternity pay, while only offering statutory shared parental pay for fathers.

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Employee wins pregnancy discrimination case

24 May 2019

A woman has won a claim of unfair dismissal and discrimination after resigning from her job because of her employer's attitude toward her pregnancy.

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Oxford University’s retirement age not discriminatory, tribunal finds

23 May 2019

A former Oxford University academic who was forced to retire at 67 has lost his claim for unfair dismissal and...

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Culture shift needed to tackle discrimination against visibly-different staff

23 May 2019

A significant culture shift, driven by leadership teams, is needed to tackle...

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A third of BAME employees asked to westernise their name

23 May 2019

Almost one in three ethnic minority employees have been asked to adopt a ‘Western’ work name by a manager –...

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Bullying in the workplace:setting unrealistic targets

23 May 2019

Bullying in the workplace does not need to be aggressive or overt to cause real distress to employees, and sticky legal situations for employers. Setting unrealistic targets can also be interpreted as bullying, warns Kate Hilpern.

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Npower discriminated against autistic worker

21 May 2019

A former Npower employee with autism has won a claim for indirect discrimination after the company failed to make adjustments...

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MP seeks to rescue new mums’ redundancy protection plans

21 May 2019

The government is accused of dragging its feet over protections for new mothers as a private member's bill is introduced in the House of Commons...

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Amazon investors told to press for better working conditions

20 May 2019

Investors have been urged to put pressure on Amazon to improve working conditions at its UK warehouses, following reports that...

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How to use anti-discrimination policies more successfully

20 May 2019

Workplace discrimination is not new, but attitudes to it are changing. What more can employers do to escape vicarious liability for discriminatory acts?

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Seven in 10 LGBT staff sexually harassed at work

17 May 2019

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff are facing “shockingly high” levels of sexual harassment and assault, but almost two-thirds...

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Young people critical of lack of diversity and social mobility

16 May 2019

Two-thirds of young people feel they have to conceal or change who they really are in order to make a good impression and find a job at many businesses.

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British Airways warns cabin crew wearing ‘wrong’ bra

16 May 2019

British Airways has come under fire for accusing female cabin crew of wearing the “wrong” colour or type bra, and...

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Four in 10 female lawyers experience sexual harassment

15 May 2019

Nearly four in 10 (38%) female lawyers in the UK have been sexually harassed, a report has found, prompting a...

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Employers ‘failing to take pregnant workers’ health seriously’

15 May 2019

Employers need to do “far more” to protect the health and wellbeing of pregnant staff, with travel commitments and irregular...

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