BBC Analysis Suggests That Gender Pay Gap Is Growing

The BBC has completed analysis on the private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap figures and notes that 4 in 10 companies are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, including firms such as Kwik Fit, which grew from a negative pay gap of -15.2% to a positive one of 14%, and Virgin Atlantic which widened from 28.4% t......

Veganism to become a Protected Characteristic?

In the news this week is the case of Jordi Casamitjana, who says his former employers, The League Against Cruel Sports sacked him because of his ethical #veganism. His lawyers are presenting his case to tribunal as one of #discrimination on the grounds of religious or philosophical belief. Religious or political belief is one of the Protected Chara......

Maternity leave – your rights

Maternity leave is an important period for all working mums. It gives women an opportunity to prepare for the birth, then bond with and care for the child during the first days, weeks, and months of its life. Here, we take a look at what rights you have when it comes to organising and taking maternity leave. Who is eligible for maternity leave?......

The Pimlico Plumbers case – making it harder for employers to justify ‘self-employed’ status

The Supreme Court today found in favour of plumber Gary Smith in his claim that he was entitled to sick pay and holiday pay, despite his employer Pimlico Plumbers claiming he was self–employed. Although he provided his own tools and could choose when he worked, Mr Smith worked solely for Pimlico, was required to wear their uniform and to work a min......

Employers must tackle their game plan before kick-off

With the 2018 World Cup about to kick-off in Moscow, football fans will have their eye on the ball, whether for England or their home country. And following England’s 2-1 win in its warm-up friendly with Nigeria, the tactics for the team are likely to be the focus of much debate. But it’s not just the players who need to warm up, as UK business ne......

A dress code to impress….and avoid sex discrimination

A dress code may seem archaic, stringent or unnecessary to many people. However, it can be a powerful tool in creating a particular image of a workplace, which is integral to many professions. How the outside world e.g. clients see us will, whether consciously or not, impact a decision to instruct us. This May, the Government Equalities Office re......

Staff wellbeing a priority for East Anglian businesses

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week which is being supported by the Mental Health Foundation. Tying in with the theme, delegates at yesterday’s Ashtons and HAYS Annual Employment Conference were asked if they were making the wellbeing of their staff part of their business strategy. A straw poll revealed that half of the audience were indeed m......

The hidden disability: when mental health affects employee wellbeing

Mental Health Awareness Week - 14th-20th May 2018 – is an opportunity for employers to revisit current practices and to see if their policy and culture match up to best practice The taboo of talking about mental health has started to shift, following several high-profile campaigns, but many employers are keeping quiet and avoiding conversatio......

First gender pay gap reporting deadline passes

The deadline has now passed for the first year of gender pay gap reporting, and the results make for interesting reading. Over 10,000 companies have reported the gender pay gap at their organisation, recording mean and median data for pay and bonuses, and reporting the percentage of men and women in each quartile of their organisation.  &nbs......

Women in the Workplace - International Women’s Day 2018

As a woman on the eve of International Women’s Day 2018, I consider there to be three major issues in the workplace that affect women in particular at present:   Flexible Working and Maternity Discrimination   My view remains that one of the key barriers to women remaining in their careers is the lack of flexibility follow......

Ashtons HR Consulting supports National Apprenticeship Week

Jane Hamshaw, of Ashtons HR Consulting, talks about the how Ashtons have utilised Apprenticeships across the business. In February 2014 Ashtons Legal embarked on an initiative of utilising Apprenticeships in a number of roles in various departments across the business.   The first successful Apprentice, who completed a Business......

The Beast from the East and the Journey to Work

Lucy Pakes from Ashtons HR Consulting looks at how to deal with employee absences due to adverse weather. “We have spare toothbrushes and sleeping bags” I was told a few years ago when working in the newspaper industry – key personnel were expected to come into work during adverse weather and to stay overnight to get the morning newspaper out.......

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