Ashtons HR Equality & Diversity

Ethnicity pay gap reporting

The ethnicity pay gap is the difference between the hourly earnings of White or White British employees and other ethnic groups. Mandatory ethnicity pay reporting was first proposed in the McGregor-Smith Review in February 2017.  The independent review set out recommendations for employers in the public and private sectors to improve diversit......

Menopause and the workplace – how to ensure staff stay well and thrive in the workplace

According to the British Menopause Society, 45% of women feel their menopause symptoms have had a negative impact on their work. The menopause is a natural stage of life when a woman’s oestrogen levels decline and she stops having periods.  Most women will experience the menopause between age 45 and 55 but it can happen earlier than this due......

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Many businesses are struggling with recruitment at the moment and with the current climate being as it is, employers should start thinking about attracting from the Neurodiverse talent pool that has been long overlooked because of the incorrect assumption that neurodiversity cannot be accommodated in the workplace.  What is Neurodiversity? N......

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate all of the successes achieved by women in the workplace but the pandemic is having a disproportional impact on female employment

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to cause long-term harm to gender diversity in the workplace, with progress for women in work reverting to 2017 levels by the end of 2021, according to PWC’s Women in Work Index, which reports female economic empowerment across 33 OECD countries. For almost a decade, all countries across the OECD made consistent pro......

Successful constructive dismissal claim for Secretary who was asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment process

In a recent case heard at a Bristol Employment Tribunal, Hobbs v Avon Care Homes, a secretary has successfully claimed constructive unfair dismissal after being asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment practices. Hobbs and recruiting manager, Rea had found a suitable candidate for a Care Home Manager vacancy. Managing Director, Bila was......

Ethical veganism – to become a protected philosophical belief?

With the New Year officially upon us, many people are looking to make changes such as cutting out the junk food, exercising more and quitting drinking/smoking. Veganuary (a pledge to try a vegan diet for the month of January) is also set to be a hit. According to the non-profit organisation Veganuary, more than a quarter of a million people took th......

Menopause and the workplace

Still thought of as a slightly taboo subject, and a cause of embarrassment for employees and managers, why are we bringing this up? Research from the CIPD has found that the three out of five (59%) working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work. There has also b......

A reminder for employers to take care with long term disability benefit offerings

It is a relatively common practice for employers to offer some form of long term disability benefit to their employees, usually covered by an insurance policy. However, recent developments have demonstrated that care must be taken when implementing such policies in terms of how they can impact employees and how relevant documents should be drafted.......

BBC Analysis of Gender Pay Gap | HR News | Ashtons HR Consulting

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......

When does an employer have knowledge of an employee’s disability under the Equality Act 2010?

This was the question addressed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the recent case of Lamb v The Garrard Academy. An individual is considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a significant and long term effect on their ability to carry out day to day activities. ‘Long term’ means it has lasted, or is likely to last,......

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......

When “it’s just office banter” might be a defence

The case of Evans v Xactly Corporation Limited considered questions of disability and race discrimination, with the Claimant bringing proceedings for a number of breaches of the Equality Act 2010. The Claimant relied on the protected characteristic of disability as a result of his type 1 diabetes, and the protected characteristic of race......