Gender pay in focus: snapshot due

Yesterday, which was the first gender pay gap snapshot date under the gender pay gap reporting rules that are now coming into effect, employers that are affected by the new rules will be preoccupied with collecting the raw data from which their statistics will need to be compiled. Continue reading

Will gender pay reporting make a difference?

The causes of the gender pay gap are complex. It is affected by wider cultural and social influences, in particular the prevailing assumptions about the role of women as and by the unequal assumption of responsibility for unpaid domestic work by men and women.

Calls to address the issue are being raised all over the world – in Iceland on 24 October 2016 and in France on 7 November for example campaigners urged working women to down tools in recognition of the fact that the pay gap means that they would effectively be working for free for the remainder of the year. Across Europe the average pay gap between men and women in equivalent jobs is 16.1%.

There is considerable consensus about the measures that are likely to achieve change:

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Six points to consider before hiring a live in ‘granny sitter’

News broke over the weekend of a couple who have advertised for a live in ‘granny sitter’ to help them care for an elderly relative.  This looks like a very caring and ideal solution to looking after a relative at home rather than paying for residential care.  However, anyone thinking of taking this approach will need to be careful to avoid legal pitfalls.  Here are six points to consider when employing workers in a home setting. Continue reading

NED’s in firing line after collapse of BHS

The collapse of BHS led to the loss of 11,000 jobs and put 20,000 pensions at risk.  Sir Philip Green has been roundly criticised for the fact that he offloaded an ailing BHS with substantial pension deficits to a thrice bankrupt buyer with no retail experience, who ultimately drove it over a cliff.

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Can sports stars rehab an injured reputation?

Over the last few months we have seen much speculation in the media about the future careers of high profile sports stars convicted of serious crimes.  Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide and Ched Evans was released from prison on 17 October last year after serving half of a five year sentence for rape.  His conviction is currently being reviewed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.  Governing bodies, commercial sponsors and the public have debated the question: can you rehabilitate a high profile athlete?

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Milk no object

Shared parental leave – it has been introduced now and is here to stay until someone comes up with a better way of reconciling work, parenthood and the chance for a greater degree of shared participation by parents in the first year of a child’s life. Continue reading

Performance anxiety

Last week was Anti-Bullying Week. I confess that this annual event, co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, passed me by this year, despite the fact that earlier in the month I had been discussing the problem of bullying with a group of managers involved in arts organisations. Continue reading

Holiday Hell – Time to give employers a break?

I’m feeling very sorry for one of my new clients this week – a small family run business facing holiday pay complaints from their emboldened employees. Emboldened because, as you will have seen from the headlines, the courts have dealt another blow to the interpretation in English law of the European working time legislation and specifically, how it provides for holiday pay to be calculated. Continue reading

Parental Leave – Time to Learn to Share? 

I have recently returned from maternity leave and it feels like I have never been away. Sadly, not all women enjoy the same return experience. I have spent many working hours fighting the corner for a surprisingly (and disappointingly) large number of maternity returners who have been sidelined, bullied and ousted. Continue reading