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Sex discrimination

Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of their sex or gender. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.


Accountants Legal Service Bloomsbury Professional 2021

This chapter covers pay, including equal pay, withholding or reducing pay, itemised pay statements, cashless pay and national minimum wage.

Family friendly arrangements

Accountants Legal Service Bloomsbury Professional 2021

A chapter on family friendly working arrangements, covering topics including time off for ante-natal care, maternity leave, parental leave, flexible working hours, time off for dependants, statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay, sex discrimination in pregnancy, maternity rights and bereavement leave.

Discrimination during employment

Accountants Legal Service Bloomsbury Professional 2021

A chapter on discrimination, covering the Equality Act 2010, harassment, victimisation, responsibility for employees and agents, the Codes of Practice, time limits and procedures, discrimination claims, compensation and other remedies and claims beyond the reach of discrimination legislation.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Narrative reporting

Chapter 8 looks at narrative reporting, giving an overview, the requirements of the UK Corporate Governance Code and detailing the strategic report, the directors report, the corporate governance statement, the statement on risk management and internal control, remuneration reporting and gender pay gap reporting.


These ten sections of the chapter on employment cover discrimination - the Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous discrimination legislation. Discrimination on the basis of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and sexual orientation is outlawed. In addition discrimination against people with criminal records, part-time workers, fixed-term workers and agency workers is also covered.

Job evaluation: a guide to achieving equal pay

A good practice guide to job evaluation.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Sex discrimination

August 2017

Acas guidance offering an insight into how sex discrimination can occur in the workplace and how it can be dealt with.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

5 lessons we've learned from gender pay reporting...

Discussion of the issues around implementation of gender pay reporting in the UK as of May 2018 and the 5 things you should do next. Also cited are the percentage of employers which complied and failed to report their data, the differences between gender pay and equal pay.

"Is he being paid more than me?"

The article discusses gender pay gaps in organizations of Great Britain. Topics include views of Elysia McCaffrey, head at the Government Equalities Office, on payroll arrangements, the introduction of gender pay gap reporting having positive effect on the quality of public discourse and forcing business to act on the more persistent issues such as pay inequality, and incorporation of gender pay gap analysis into pay review by Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CPID).

What now? Not all harassment makes the headlines - but there are hard and fast rules every business facing allegations should follow.

The article discusses sexual harassment allegations made within the U.S. entertainment industry and offers tips for businesses facing such allegations. Topics include the tendency for companies to ignore transgressions or trivialise them despite a clear definition of sexual harassment presented under Great Britain's Sex Discrimination Act, the Equality Act's protection of individuals making claims and organizations against hypersensitive individuals, and the importance of corporate culture that welcomes concerns and complaints.

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Equal pay

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Information on the legislation governing equal pay from the CIPD. Induces factsheets, Q&As and case law. Registration required to access content.

Sex discrimination

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Guidance from the EHRC including what qualifies as a belief, different types of sex discrimination and circumstances when being treated differently due to sex is lawful

Sex discrimination

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CIPD factsheets, Q&As and case law on sexual discrimination. Registration required to access content.

The state of pay: demystifying the gender pay gap

Institute for Public Policy Research May 2018

Report analyses ONS economy-wide data and organisation level data arising from the gender reporting requirements introduced in 2018 that covers 10,000 employers. Narrative reporting is also reviewed and actions that employers could take to promote gender equality within their organisations are suggested.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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