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Companies in the North East are leading the way in diversity, business chief says

CBI regional director Sarah Glendinning on the regional firms highlighting the benefits of diversity in the workplace Last week I hosted a CBI roundtable with senior business leaders from the region to discuss the Gender Pay Gap. If approved by Parliament in the coming months, the current Gender Pay reporting regulations will come into force in April 2017. Many companies – such as PwC and Virgin Money – have already taken steps to measure and report their gender pay data, and others are already aware of the changes that will come into force. At the CBI we are working hard...

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As Obama Departs, We Owe Him Our Thanks

The final days of the Obama presidency are upon us. His popularity is rising with the economy, and with the increasingly stark contrasts to his successor. It is worth being clear about the legacy that he leaves behind. Obama came to office facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The global financial system teetered on collapse; the auto industry faced bankruptcy; the economy was shedding 400,000 jobs a day. He also inherited the catastrophe George Bush had created with the debacle in Iraq and government misrule dramatized by the shame of Katrina and New Orleans. Now, eight years later,...

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Black judge claims he was discriminated against by disciplinary panel

Judge Peter Herbert to receive an apology and a dressing down after publicly saying racism ‘sometimes’ exists in the judiciary.. A disciplinary panel has recommended that a prominent black judge should receive both an apology and “formal advice” – a dressing down – after its members found he committed misconduct in a speech he made referring to a fellow judge and that the matter had not been handled well. While Judge Peter Herbert welcomed the apology he also said his treatment by the judiciary had made him feel “like a nigger” and is appealing against the findings of the Judicial...

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Equal pay is still far-off for Britain, where the gender gap narrows at a glacial pace

New disclosure rules and more free childcare are to be welcomed, but the government must do more to ensure women earn the same as me… Here we go again. The Equal Pay Act was introduced 46 years ago and yet from Thursday this week the UK’s female workforce will effectively be working for free until 31 December, due to the scale of the gender pay gap. This year’s “equal pay day”, which highlights the difference between men’s and women’s salaries, is only one day later than it was last year. This reflects the glacial pace of change in reducing the...

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The problem with maternity discrimination and the mumpreneur

If employment conditions were more just, fewer mothers would have to go it alone.. During my maternity leave I had a conversation with a guy at a party, where he regretfully told me that as long as men couldn’t give birth, equality would never be a reality. Perhaps women just aren’t meant to work, he concluded. Maybe not! I replied brightly, later deciding not to tell him he was trailing toilet paper from his shoe. I felt really lucky a couple of months later, to return to a job that I care about where they agreed to let me work...

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Maternity leave sackings cost £280m a year, says equality watchdog

Report makes financial case to retain female staff as data shows one in 10 who return to work are quickly forced out at huge extra cost to businesses.. British businesses are losing hundreds of millions of pounds every year as a result of women being forced out of jobs after having a baby, a damning report from the equalities watchdog has revealed. The costs of hiring and training new staff, redundancy payouts and lost productivity after women were pushed out of jobs amounted to £280m a year, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. About 11% of women are...

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Boardrooms at Britain’s top companies are too white, review finds

Report by Sir John Parker, chairman of mining giant Anglo American, says every FTSE 100 company should have one non-white director by 2021..   Britain’s top companies should bring to an end all-white boardrooms by 2021, a government-backed review into ethnic diversity has recommended. A report led by Sir John Parker, chairman of mining giant Anglo American, said the UK’s largest firms are failing to promote sufficient numbers of people from ethnic minorities to senior positions. He concluded that every company listed on the FTSE 100 should have at least one non-white director by 2021. For FTSE 250 companies, the...

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Closing the disability employment gap

Despite government and other initiatives, efforts to get more disabled people in work are falling short of official targets which increasingly appear difficult to meet   The government has a bold target – to halve the 33 per cent employment gap between disabled and non-disabled workers by 2020. Government estimates suggest this would mean that over one million more disabled people would have to enter the workforce, out of around seven million disabled people of working age, with over three million already in work. The Learning and Work Institute, a think-tank, has estimated that at the current rate it would take 200...

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Brexit signals segregation and xenophobia

In the face of Brexit-fuelled division, businesses are now the centre ground with the commercial incentive to build inclusive cultures that can protect their brands and talent   Whatever your view on the decision to leave the European Union, the vote itself was polarising, turning a complex set of issues and perspectives into a binary decision. The resultant political change, rather than being a steadying measure and counterweight to polarisation, has actually exacerbated it. Since the Brexit vote, reported incidents of xenophobia have increased across Britain. The negative noise around Brexit has the potential not only to harm diversity, but also...

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Sexual harassment at work is getting worse. We need to stamp it out

A study shows half of all women have faced abuse – and for younger workers the figure’s even higher. We have to ensure those who report it are not victimised… On my last day at work a colleague told me that his biggest regret was that he didn’t get the chance to have sex with me in the store room before I left. For months I had been scared to go into that room on my own because he always said things like, ‘I’m coming to get you’, and ‘Don’t go in there alone, I’ll jump on you’.” “The most...