Equality Bill u-turn could damage businesses, warns expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 1st, 2009 in equality, news by sally

“The Government has published its proposals for new equality legislation and one employment law expert has warned that a policy u-turn could leave companies exposed to a deluge of equal pay claims.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th April 2009

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Harman to make public bodies cut class inequalities – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2009 in equality, news by sally

“Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader, will today follow the 50p new tax rate on the wealthy by disclosing that she is imposing a duty on public bodies to help reduce inequality caused by class disadvantage.”

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The Guardian, 24th April 2009

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Lord Mandelson plan to tear up new laws splits party – The Times

Posted February 23rd, 2009 in employment, equality, news by sally

“Plans to axe new laws that would increase costs for businesses, including enhanced maternity leave and tougher equality legislation, are threatening to blow open a Cabinet rift over how Labour should respond to the economic downturn, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 23rd February 2009

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Can the law ever control discrimination? – The Times

Posted November 27th, 2008 in equality, special report by sally

“When new laws to combat ageism came into force two years ago, employers predicted a wave of litigation and a bundle of new red tape. But as ministers prepare to bring in further changes to discrimination laws in the shape of a single Equality Bill expected in the Queen’s Speech next week, were those fears justified? How well are the new laws working?”

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The Times, 27th November 2008

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Baroness Hale: new equality laws will not close gender gap – The Times

Posted November 20th, 2008 in equality, minorities, news, women by sally

“Britain’s most senior woman judge gave warning last night that the Government’s proposed overhaul of equality laws would not close the pay or gender gap.”

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The Times, 20th November 2008

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Equality in Justice day – speeches at the Royal Courts of Justice in London – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted October 27th, 2008 in equality, judicial appointments commission, judiciary, speeches by sally

“Equality in Justice day – speeches at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.”

Full speeches

Judiciary of England and Wales, 24th October 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Top law firms excel in sexual diversity index – Legal Week

Posted September 5th, 2008 in equality, homosexuality, law firms, news by sally

“Clifford Chance, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and White & Case are among 64 law firms to receive a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2009 Corporate Equality Index, writes the Am Law Daily.”

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Legal Week, 4th September 2008

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Employers fear extension of Equalities Bill – The Times

Posted August 11th, 2008 in employment, equality, news, remuneration by sally

“Business groups are stepping up pressure on the Government amid growing fears that the forthcoming Equalities Bill will set new requirements for pay audits in the private sector and increase other regulations.”

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The Times, 11th August 2008

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The Big Question: Are equality laws backfiring, with employers reluctant to hire women? – The Independent

Posted July 16th, 2008 in equality, flexible working, maternity leave, news, women by sally

“The head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Nicola Brewer, has just announced that recent and future improvements to maternity pay may, ironically, be backfiring on women by making employers wary of hiring and promoting them. The industrial neanderthal Sir Alan Sugar has added fuel to the fire by claiming recently that many employers bin the CVs of women of childbearing age without even considering their job applications.”

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The Independent, 15th July 2008

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Q&A: Equality Bill – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2008 in bills, equality, news by sally

“The government has announced a new equality bill aimed at tackling ‘entrenched discrimination’ in the workplace and beyond. The bill replaces more than 100 separate pieces of legislation covering race, disability and gender equality.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2008

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Harman defends positive discrimination plans – The Independent

Posted June 26th, 2008 in equality, news by sally

“The Equality Minister Harriet Harman today defended controversial plans to encourage firms to discriminate in favour of female and ethnic minorities job candidates.”

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The Independent, 26th June 2008

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‘Unfair’ royal succession law may be changed – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2008 in equality, news, royal family, succession by sally

“The law that forces the eldest daughter of a monarch to make way for her younger brother in the succession could be abolished under new equality legislation.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th April 2008

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The equality watchdog that failed its own test – The Times

Posted March 11th, 2008 in equality, news by sally

“Britain’s anti-discrimination quango had to be bailed out by ministers to avoid its breaching the law over its own internal equality scheme, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 11th March 2008

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Equality watchdog wants ‘spot checks’ at work – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 10th, 2008 in employment, equality, news by sally

“Britain’s equality watchdog wants tough new powers to tackle employers who fail to hire or promote staff from ‘disadvantaged’ groups.”

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Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2008

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New ‘fairness’ Act to replace equality laws – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 10th, 2008 in bills, equality, news by sally

“A powerful new anti-discrimination Bill is to be unveiled by the Government, ushering in the biggest overhaul of equality legislation in 40 years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Equalities head calls for reform of tribunal system – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2007 in class actions, equality, human rights, news by sally

“Access to justice is a luxury for many victims of discrimination, the head of the new equalities watchdog warned last night.”

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The Guardian, 24th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Diversity in the Judiciary – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted October 19th, 2007 in equality, judiciary, lectures, minorities, women by sally

“Lecture by Mrs Justice Dobbs at Queen Mary, University of London.”

Full lecture (pdf)

Judiciary of England and Wales, 18th October 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Equality and diversity action plan consultation – Bar Standards Board

Posted October 8th, 2007 in barristers, consultations, diversity, equality, minorities by sally

“The BSB has launched a consultation on its proposed Equality and Diversity Action Plan.”

Full consultation

Bar Standards Board, 8th October 2007

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

CRE bows out with plea to root out discrimination – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2007 in equality, news, race discrimination by sally

“The Commission for Racial Equality, which is to be wound up later this month, is to make a final plea to the government this week to make an explicit commitment to the creation of an integrated Britain where inequality is rooted out and active civic participation by people from all backgrounds is encouraged.”

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The Guardian, 18th September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

HR professionals criticise equality law overhaul – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 6th, 2007 in equality, news by sally

“Proposed equality legislation is not clear enough for UK employers to follow and will not result in a more diverse workplace, according to the human resources professional body. The new laws will result in ‘box ticking’, the body said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th September 2007
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