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Pay disclosure suggested

Pre-tribunal disclosure of pay data is one of the recommendations proposed in a consultation document by Denise Kingsmill CBE, who was appointed by the government to carry out an independent review into women's employment and pay.

Women move into management despite discrimination

Almost half of women managers (46%) feel that their career progression has been good or excellent, and over a third (35%) perceive a significant decline in the influence of the "old boys network", according to a recent survey of around 1,500 women managers by the Institute of Management (IM).

EOC calls for pay review targets

Julie Mellor, Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has challenged the Government to set a concrete target on the number of employers to have carried out a pay review within three years.

New Equality Standard for local councils

Local authorities across the country will now be able to measure the effectiveness of their equality strategies using a single new standard for race, gender and disability.

Men and women in the workforce

Despite the growth in flexible working and the significant educational advances made by women over the past two decades, a new report from National Statistics shows that there remains a deep gender divide in the labour force in relation to work and family commitments, occupational segregation, and earnings. We examine the relative positions of men and women in these key areas.

Glaring inequalities persist, says EOC

"Britain still has to address the glaring inequalities that so many women and men face," said Julie Mellor, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), at the launch of its 2000/01 annual report.

Academic pay gap widens

For every pound earned by male academics in 2000, their female colleagues earned only 84 pence, reports the Association of University Teachers (AUT).

Protection from religious discrimination

Many faith groups in the UK remain unprotected from religious discrimination. The European Employment Framework Directive looks set to change this with an obligation on member states to introduce legislation by 2 December 2003. Below, we engage in the debate surrounding some of the main issues involved in introducing new legislation. And in a separate case study, we examine the experience of dealing with religious discrimination in the Netherlands, where it has been outlawed since 1994.

This month's issue . . .

The second of our two-part series on the interpretation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) by the employment tribunals and the appellate courts focuses on the meaning of disability discrimination by employers - sections 5 and 6 of the Act.

Employers unaware of pay gap

Most organisations do not believe that they have an equal pay problem, even though full-time female employees still earn only 82% of the average hourly wage of full-time male employers.

Government acts on equal pay law

Prior to the 2001 general election, the Government announced a series of measures to make the equal pay laws simpler, faster and fairer to operate.

Interpreting the DDA - part 2: discrimination, justification and adjustment

The meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) as it has been interpreted by the employment tribunals and the appellate courts is examined here in the second of a two-part series. Part One (EOR 94) looked at the meaning of "disability".

This month's issue . . .

DIY retailer B&Q's positive approach to employing disabled people and meeting the needs of its disabled customers resulted in the company winning a clutch of business awards last year.We investigate the measures B&Q has adopted to achieve its success, including its disability awareness training package for all staff, its innovative community partnerships with local disability groups, and the role of store disability champions.

EOC manifesto for sex equality

In the run-up to the anticipated General Election, the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has issued a manifesto for sex equality, challenging all the political parties to put a new drive for sex equality at the heart of their election campaigns.

Compulsory pay audits rejected

The Government has rejected calls from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to introduce legislation to force employers to conduct pay reviews in order to establish whether there are gender pay inequalities.

Part-timers win retroactive pension rights

In Preston and others v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust and others (No.2) (8 February 2001), the House of Lords rules that an employer cannot rely on the two-year limit in s.2(5) of the Equal Pay Act to prevent an applicant from retroactively gaining membership of an occupational pension scheme. Part-time workers who were discriminated against in respect of access to a pension scheme can claim membership in respect of a period of employment back to 8 April 1976 or to the date of commencement of employment, whichever is the later, so long as relevant pension contributions are paid by the employer. [2001] IRLR 237, HL

This month's issue . . .

Over the past decade, many companies have issued well-meaning statements to the effect that "our diversity is a source of strength" but, in reality, tangible change has proved elusive. According to Robin Schneider, of diversity consultants Schneider~Ross, this state of affairs is all going to change radically. In our opening feature article, he argues that the reason for this is that equality and diversity have become nothing less than the ultimate litmus test for modern management capacity.

Compulsory pay reviews proposed by task force

All employers - large and small - will be required to conduct pay reviews in order to establish whether there are gender pay inequalities and adopt an action plan to deal with any inequality, if recommendations made by the Equal Opportunities Commission's Task Force on Equal Pay are accepted by the Government.

This month's issue . . .

What are the key equal opportunities issues for 2001? We asked politicians with responsibility for equality policy in the UK and Europe, leaders of the UK equality enforcement agencies, social partners and others to give us their view of the key issues in the forthcoming year.

Scope of equal pay comparison

In South Ayrshire Council v Morton (21 September 2000) EOR95A, the EAT allows a teacher employed by one Scottish local education authority to use a teacher employed by another Scottish local education authority as a comparator. [2001] IRLR 28, EAT

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