International Women’s Day | How greater gender balance “enables” businesses

This year, International Women’s Day centers around the theme “An equal world is an enabled world”. In business, this is a message that’s been proven to be true time and time again. Numerous studies have linked a gender-balanced workforce to better organisational results. Not only does research indicate that companies with greater gender diversity in […]

An equal playing field? Women’s World Cup highlights gender pay gap

Equal pay is a major talking point in the world of women’s sports – and public opinion on the issue is often divided. With the Women’s World Cup 2019 now underway, conversation around the fact that female athletes are paid less than their male counterparts has inevitably ignited once more. Whenever this happens, the well-documented gender […]

Female BBC manager offered £12,000 less than male counterpart

indirect discrimination

A BBC manager has turned down a promotion after finding out that a male colleague was offered £12,000 more for the same role. In an email to members of BBC staff, Karen Martin expressed her dismay that she had been “asked to accept a considerably lower salary” than her male counterpart Roger Sawyer, “despite being […]

International Women’s Day

Hr helpline for employers

This International Women’s Day is all about achieving greater gender balance in all aspects of life. The #BalanceforBetter theme serves as an important reminder to employers of the significant role they have to play in narrowing the gender divide between men and women, starting with their experience in the workplace. After all, the way we […]

2018 | HR and Employment Law Changes

It’s been a busy 2018 for Employment Law and HR changes. Ellis Whittam takes a closer look at some of the most significant events that have occurred throughout 2018: Government response to Taylor Review In the last few years, there have been growing concerns about modern working practices, in particular employment status, zero hours contracts, […]

HR NEWS | Disclosing data on ethnicity and disability pay gaps

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for employers to disclose data on ethnicity and disability pay gaps. It calls upon the government to keep a close eye on the effectiveness of mandatory gender pay gap reporting introduced earlier this year. Private sector and voluntary employers with 250 or more employees in England, Wales […]

HR INFO | Tackling age discrimination

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Employers need to recruit and retain an age-diverse workforce, but to their detriment, age discrimination remains widespread in workplaces. According to the findings of a report published by the Women and Equalities Committee, over one million people over the age of 50 are out of work but are willing to do so. This is as […]

Gender pay reporting – managing the consequences

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Now that large companies have published their gender pay reports, the results are out in the public for everyone to scrutinise and analyse. This includes employees. They may feel confused, aggrieved or angry at what they have read, so it’s important to think about how you are going to manage the situation to avoid widespread […]

Gender pay report deadline – act now!

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

As we reported recently, the deadline for publishing gender pay reports is looming. Despite this, some employers have still not complied with this obligation. This has led the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to send out a clear warning to employers who are not on track to meet the deadline – a failure to […]

£1.5 million fund for returnships


A £1.5 million fund has been created to help projects whereby private sector employers assist individuals who have taken a career break and want to return to the workplace. Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Amber Rudd, said ‘It is truly striking that nearly 90 per cent of people out of paid work […]