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Women win equal pay ... three years after winning their case

Warwickshire County Council have agreed to pay out almost £1m to 85 women who worked in schools across Warwickshire, three years after they won their equal pay case. The council had appealed against the tribunal's decision but have now decided to drop the appeal and pay back pay to the women. [1999] ET/1301481/97

ACAS staff win compensation for years of unequal pay

ACAS has reached an agreement with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) to settle an equal pay claim which was decided, in the applicants' favour, in 1999. [2000] ET/1304744/98

Employment Bill changes

The government's Employment Bill was being considered by the House of Lords when this edition of EOR went to press. The main change from the Bill as introduced relates to the consequences of failing to use the statutory grievance procedure. This has important implications for equal opportunities.

Wide scope for equal pay comparison

In South Ayrshire Council v Morton (14 February 2002), the Inner House of the Court of Session has ruled that an equal pay claim does not have to be confined to the claimant's own employer. [2002] IRLR 256, CS

Welsh equality duty prompts unprecedented reform

The Welsh National Assembly's statutory equality duty has prompted the initiation of equality reforms that would either not have taken place at all or would have taken much longer to be implemented, finds an interim report into the impact of the duty.

Profile: Kate Bennett

Equality practitioners are increasingly casting envious glances at a range of initiatives currently underway in Wales. We talk to Kate Bennett, director of EOC Wales, about how the Commission is taking advantage of the new climate brought about by devolution.

Draft Fixed-Term Work Regulations: An EOR Guide

The government has published its final consultation on the Fixed-Term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002. Draft Regulations have been issued and are reproduced below.

This month's issue . . .

The Employment Bill is currently going through its Committee Stage in the House of Commons, where a number of amendments have been made.

The Employment Bill and equal opportunities: an EOR Guide

The government's Employment Bill, given a second reading on 27 November 2001, contains a number of measures with important implications for equal opportunities.

This month's issue ...

Last year was busy one for equal opportunities - and there is no prospect of any let-up.

Alarming pay gap revealed in Wales

Women'saverage hourly earnings in Wales are still a disturbing 13% lower than those of men, reveals the first in-depth study of the pay gap in Wales*.

Government vetoes equal pay legislation

In its response to the Kingsmill report on women's employment and pay on 5 December 2001 the government resisted any form of compulsion on employers to close the pay gap.

Implementing the Employment and Race Directives

The government has issued its consultation document on implementing the EU Framework Employment and Race Directives.

This month's issue . . .

It is interesting to reflect on the issues of the day when EOR was launched and the agenda today and to see that, although much has changed, there is much that remains the same.

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.

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