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Working mothers are often forced to accept lower paid jobs so that they can care for their children, a new report finds. Despite the flexible working policies of many larger businesses, women often have to accept jobs below their skill levels in order to balance work and family life – leaving them overqualified and underpaid.…

The CBI has commented on the Government’s announcement that the Equalities Act will be introduced from October. The CBI is the UK’s leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. Katja Hall, CBI Director of HR policy, said: “The Equality Act should in many…

New research has revealed that 70 per cent of UK workers are planning to stay in employment past the standard retirement age. The Real Retirement Report by insurance company Aviva indicates that those employees in their last ten years before reaching 65 may have to contend with lower incomes and less money saved up. According…

The GMB union is satisfied with the outcome of an employment tribunal that could cost a local authority hundreds of millions of pounds. It represented 1,400 women in their claims for equal pay against Birmingham City Council, which it won yesterday (April 27th). According to a statement, lawyers estimate the level of award to be…

Incomes Data Services has published the first authoritative, in-depth analysis of the Equality Act 2010. The Act is a major consolidation of over 30 years’ worth of equality and discrimination law. The Briefing is available for free to help lawyers, HR professionals, trade unionists, public bodies and employees prepare for the changes contained in the…

The Equality Bill passed its final Parliamentary stage on Tuesday night and will now become law, taking effect in the autumn. Les Venus, Board Member of UK Council for Access and Equality (UKCAE) is calling for HR professionals to look beyond the changes necessary to comply with the Act and see equality as an opportunity…

Companies may be required to report on their progress to get more women into the boardroom, under proposals announced this week. It comes as new research shows that sixty per cent of people think there are not enough women directors in big businesses. The survey which has been commissioned by the Government Equalities Office for…

Employers have been advised to pay more consideration to older female job applicants, as they have “talents to contribute” to the workplace, it has been claimed. Martina Devlin, in an article for the Irish Independent, says that despite this, such workers are frequently overlooked by society. “This is a short-sighted attitude, especially in an era…

Ethic minority groups have become better represented at universities, but are finding it more difficult to get jobs than white groups, a new report has found – a trend which could hinder equality. According to the Race for Opportunity campaign, one in six UK university students are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)…

Harriet Harman has backed down from what could have been a debate with religious leaders over proposed amendments to the Equality Bill. The equalities minister was this week criticised by the Pope, who said in a speech at the Vatican that some UK equality laws violate "the natural law upon which the equality of all…

The Law Society’s Diversity Champion Stephen Ward welcomed the results of Stonewalls Top 100 Employers list showcasing Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. This year, as in 2009, the list includes four major law firms. The Director of Communications, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility at the Law Society says:  It is great news that…

Stonewall has announced the Top 100 Employers 2010, showcasing Britain’s best employers for gay staff. It names IBM as the best place to work in 2010 for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. In second place is Hampshire Constabulary and Ernst & Young comes third. Ernst & Young wins the award for Employee Network Group of…

The current default age of retirement could be set to be scrapped, it is reported – which may spell the end of age-related discrimination. Minister for women and equality Harriet Harman said this week discrimination against older people needs to be tackled at the highest levels and public policy needs to change due to the…