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MP’s said to have sexually harassed a third of young male workers in Westminster

A Channel Four investigation has revealed that MP’s, especially Conservative MP’s, regularly got drunk and “flirted” or made passes at young male parliamentary workers during Commons drinking sessions. One aide spoke of how he was approached to “go to the Gents” with an MP at an event for young political activists. “The MP suggested I…

34 HR professionals named in Parliament as operating a blacklist

HR professionals who ran the blacklist for nearly 20 years must apologise for what they did and atone by telling all they know about how it operated says GMB. GMB, the union for construction workers, has written to the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) enquiring whether 34 Human Resources professionals named as administering…

Vince Cable reveals crackdown on executive pay

Vince Cable has revealed plans to reform executive remuneration. Outlining his proposals in Parliament, the Business Secretary put forward a four-pronged package. He aims to provide greater transparency, more shareholder power and diversity on boards, and calls for best practice. Cable has taken steps to curb the level of executive pay following the response to…

The BBC has announced that extensive job cuts at the World Service have become necessary because of the Government’s cuts. Writing in The Telegraph the BBC’s director general, Mark Thompson, said that job losses “will inevitably have a significant impact on the audiences who use and rely upon the relevant services, as well as on…

Plans to extend paid maternity leave to 20 weeks have been blocked by EU employment ministers, who deemed them impractical in the post-recession economic climate. The proposals, which were backed by a vote of the European parliament in October, were dismissed by a majority of the trading bloc's member states. Belgium – which currently holds…

A new study conducted on behalf of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has suggested that members of the coalition government are divided on issues relating to business and workers' rights. The ComRes poll found that while 87 per cent of Conservative MPs quizzed believed employment laws now favour workers rather than companies, 71 per…

Following the news that Lord Davies is set to spearhead a new inquiry into why there are so few women in top positions in business, ministers have said that half of all new appointments to the boards of public bodies should be women by 2015. Audrey Williams, head of discrimination law at international law firm…

Comments made in Parliament by Theresa May, Minister for Women and Equalities, suggest that regulations introduced by the Labour government to extend paternity leave for fathers could be postponed and, ultimately, rewritten by the Coalition. The Additional Paternity Leave Regulations 2010, which were made just three weeks before Parliament was dissolved for the general election,…

A recent press release issued by the Government Equalities Office dampened speculation that the coalition Government might delay implementing Labour’s flagship Equality Act 2010. Despite this, Audrey Williams, partner and head of discrimination law at international law firm Eversheds, questions whether the press release tells the full story: “It is clear from the GEO statement…

Businesses are being urged to think how changes in government legislation on equality and diversity could impact on how they conduct their day-to-day affairs. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), which is a non-governmental body largely financed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has published guidance on how to deal with rule…