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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...

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Disabled workers can’t afford justice to deal with workplace harassment

Since the government introduced fees for employment tribunals, together with legal aid cuts, disabled people have increasingly been unable to have their cases heard… The abuse started for Helen Adams (not her real name), a senior administrator at a major UK charity, after her boss watched her get out her of wheelchair. The 40-year-old has multiple sclerosis and struggles with mobility, but on a “very good day” she says she was able to walk in the office. “I went to lunch and a manager who’d seen me walking earlier yelled at me across the busy room to get out of...

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Employment tribunal hearing first claim for caste discrimination collapses

An employment tribunal hearing the first claim for unfair dismissal on the grounds of caste discrimination has collapsed after information handed to the judge by police led the judge to recuse herself from the case. Vijay Begraj, a former practice manager at the Coventry solicitors firm Heer Manak, and his wife Amardeep, a former solicitor at the same firm, had claimed that they were discriminated against because he is from a lower Asian caste than she is. Vijay Begraj is from a Dalit background – the caste formerly known as “untouchables” – while Amardeep is from the higher Jat caste,...

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DRIVING DIVERSITY AT FORD

The 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike was a driver for the Equal Pay Act. Three of Ford’s top HR leaders explain how diversity is front and centre. In June 1968, a group of women changed the world of work forever. On finding out they were being paid 15% less than men doing the same level of work, nearly 200 female sewing machinists walked out of the Ford Motor Company plant in Dagenham, eventually halting production entirely. The strike led to the passing of 1970’s Equal Pay Act, was immortalised in the 2010 film Made in Dagenham, and is now back...

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DIVERSE MAGAZINE IFB2016 CONFERENCE

Date: June 17, 2016 Venue: Liverpool Exhibition Centre Following the success of the 2014 IFB conference the 2016 conference again aims to be the flagship IFB2016 event for exploring Global Best Practices in Diversity & Inclusion particularly in the Manufacturing sector and will look at how embedding Diversity and Inclusion within design, creativity and innovation enables companies to compete in global markets. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for exchange of learning from, and network with, international leading diversity and HR professionals.  Global Heads, Directors and VP’s of Human Resources and Diversity along with Boards Members of some of...