An overview of the law concerning diversity and discrimination in the UK, with the latest case summaries and useful guidance.
Improving diversity is not just a legal imperative. The concept of diversity is an inherent good with ubiquitous appeal and ethical, social and commercial value for accounting firms. But while good practices are developing, the profession still has some way to go in the transition to becoming more diverse.
Read the full text of the UK's Equality Act 2010.
Equality legislation protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of their age, religion, disability, gender, race or sexual orientation. On this page you find articles, books and online resources providing background information and guidance.
The fourth ICAEW thought piece on corporate governance focuses on diversity, outlining the principal drivers that can help boards set and assess diversity objectives and promote long-term business success.
Melanie Richards, partner and vice chair at KPMG, talks to economia about how businesses can ensure that everyone is represented, both at board and executive level. Read this article from November 2016.
ICAEW president Nick Parker on making the profession more diverse and the encouraging progress made so far. Read this interview from the October 2017 edition of economia.
This webinar explores the strong business case for diversity in any sector, and in the creative industries in particular: to secure the best talent but also to make sure that the industry reflects the society in which it operates.
Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated on the basis of their age. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.
Ensuring intergenerational fairness is one of the biggest challenges facing policy-makers today.
In this economia article, David Adams examines why more older people are going to need to work for longer and what this means for them, as well as employers, the economy and society.
Our disability helpsheet has been prepared by accountants with severe disabilities and draws on their experiences of adaptive processes and procedures in the workplace.
Discrimination legislation protects the rights of disabled people in employment, education, and access to goods and services. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources offering guidance in this area of law.
An employer who made 'reasonable adjustments' for a disabled employee, but did not do it quickly enough, has had to pay compensation for disability discrimination following a recent ruling. Legal Alert, October 2012.
Thursday 6th April 2017, Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations come in to effect today, so do you have a plan of action? ICAEW provides some top tips to help organisations get started.
As frustration builds over the limited impact of gender equality initiatives, Geraldine Gallacher looks at the link between the slow pace of reform and a need to reframe the debate to include male as well as female aspirations.
Despite the equality agenda, finance remains an unattractive sector for female applicants. In this economia article from January 2017, Faye Watts, founding partner of FUSE Accountants LLP and campaigner, outlines a strategy for getting women running the numbers.
Following the BBC report in August 2017, which revealed the disparities between men and women’s earnings, Heejung Chung argued in this economia article that this shouldn't have been a surprise. Chung, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Kent, outlined the reasons for this disparity and how it can be tackled.
At least one in 10 women in the UK is thought to experience postnatal depression (PND) after they have a baby. CABA has compiled information on the causes, potential symptoms and details of support available for women suffering from PND.
Dame Inga Beale, Lloyd’s of London CEO, talks to economia about pushing the market into the modern age, tackling diversity and dealing with Trump and tornadoes. Read this article from January 2018.
LGBT networks across accountancy firms are nothing new. However, in recent years they have excelled in promoting diversity and difference to employees from all backgrounds. In this economia article from February 2015, LGBT network members and leaders explain how their groups are benefitting business.
As the 2016 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) History Month started, economia looked at what accountancy firms in the UK are doing to support their LGBT community.
OUTstanding is a membership organisation for global businesses. It works with LGBT+ and ally leaders to drive cultural change, creating an environment where everyone can succeed. Working with 26% of the FTSE 100, it is a network that aims to drive positive change.
Following a recent case, employers should ensure that line managers are trained to spot types of workplace situations in which they might otherwise apply unconscious stereotyping amounting to race discrimination; and that complaints from any worker are taken at face value and handled well.
Employers who ban all visible religious signs in the workplace are not directly discriminating against employees on grounds of religion, but risk indirectly discriminating against them unless the circumstances justify the ban, according to the European Court.
Rashpal Singh Hullait has never ducked a challenge. From facing down racism and competing in martial arts, to never giving up on his beloved Arsenal. In this economia article from September 2017, he explains where he gets his tenacity from.