Commentary and analysis

All items: Equality, diversity and human rights

  • Bias behind failure to select women for FTSE boards revealed

    3 July 2020

    Flawed selection procedures and entrenched bias are combining to minimise the numbers of women on FTSE company boards, according to new research.

  • Black jobs matter: does the law curb positive action?

    30 June 2020

    It feels like the perfect time for pioneering HR and diversity/inclusion managers to bolster policies that assist BAME people to overcome the inherent challenges they face in the workplace. But they have to take heed of the Equality Act 2010, which puts the brakes on positive action, write Mark Callaghan and Raoul Parekh.

  • How to hire staff more fairly and recognise diversity

    29 June 2020

    Recognising our biases and presumptions is only the start of achieving the fairer, more inclusive, recruitment processes our businesses need and demand. Chris Platts offers a practical guide on how to establish a level playing field when selecting candidates.

  • Time for action on ethnic diversity in the workplace

    11 June 2020

    There are no more excuses in failing to tackle inequality in business and lack of diversity, argue Bina Patel and Ozlem Mehmet, who believe these are best tackled by a prescriptive and proactive approach.

  • Is it 'associative discrimination' to ask staff living with shielded persons to return to work?

    22 May 2020

    Employers could be exposing themselves to allegations of discrimination if they require employees who live with a clinically vulnerable person to return to work. Sophie Vanhegan examines the risks.

  • Gender pay gap reporting and the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

    14 May 2020

    With penalties for failing to publish gender pay gap reports for 2019/20 suspended due to the pandemic, and a lack of clarity about reporting dates for 2020/21, Jo Faragher examines the data and fears that equality may fall off the agenda for some companies.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rise of remote recruitment

    5 May 2020

    With social distancing guidelines and the increase in remote working due to the coronavirus, employers have been forced to rethink how they recruit and select staff. Graham Brown reports on the rise of video interviews and remoteĀ onboarding of new starters.

  • Ramadan: Top tips for employers

    23 April 2020

    A four-point checklist for employers on how to support employees observing religious festivals.

  • April 2020 employment law changes: Eight tasks for HR

    19 March 2020

    Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines. As well as dealing with the ongoing impact of coronavirus (Covid-19), important issues for HR in April 2020 include changes to written statements of terms and conditions, the introduction of parental bereavement leave and pay, and changes to the law on calculating holiday pay for workers with irregular hours.

  • Is it time for specific anti-bullying legislation?

    12 March 2020

    There are a few avenues available to employees wishing to seek legal redress after being bullied in the workplace, but no specific anti-bullying legislation yet exists. Bina Patel, senior associate in the employment team at law firm Kingsley Napley LLP, explains why such a law would improve access to justice for all.

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