Businesses and other organisations will welcome new online resources in plain English from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on how to avoid discrimination when advertising jobs or services.
Employers will welcome three new guides from Acas to help them comply with discrimination laws.
An employer could dismiss an employee for sickness absence for post-natal depression without it being discriminatory, because the absences were after maternity leave had ended, a Tribunal has ruled.
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.
Managing virtual teams
Strategy guide for virtual team leadership.
Job evaluation: a guide to achieving equal pay
A good practice guide to job evaluation.
Acas guidance and practical resources on age discrimination and the Equality Act 2010. Covers the four main types of age discrimination.
Acas guidance and a range of practical resources on key disability discrimination points and the Equality Act 2010. Disability is one of the nine protected characteristics covered by the Act.
Acas key guide covering how an employee should raise a complaint of discrimination and how an employer should handle it. Explains the steps involved in raising and receiving complaints, investigating matters raised and how to avoid further allegations of discrimination. The Equality Act 2010 defines nine protected characteristics which it is unlawful to discriminate against: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex and Sexual orientation.
Diversity in accounting: Challenges and opportunities
What should accounting firms be doing to attract a more diverse talent pool? Here are a few best practices to consider as you go about planning your approach to diversity and inclusion.
Unlocking the door
Diversity and inclusion are major factors that boards need to consider in order for employees to reach their full potential
You say you're inclusive... but would you welcome me into your team?
The article focuses on transgender people who are consistently marginalised at work and the labour market. It cites the important role human resource (HR) personnel can play in eliminating barriers to recruiting and accepting transgender people in the workplace. It presents a glossary of transgender terms, as well as the significant findings of a 2018 Stonewall survey.
Equality Act 2010
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes. The Act came into force on 1 October 2010 and aims ‘to deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society’.
The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on discrimination law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on these resources, please contact the Library.
Employers: Preventing discrimination
Guidance from GOV.UK on employers' responsibilities, covering recruitment, pay and discrimination during employment.
The Equality Act: employers' guidance
A collection of guides from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on employers' rights and duties under the Equality Act 2010.
Diversity and equality (CIPD)
Good practice and guidance on diversity and equality including factsheets, survey reports, research, books and courses from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Make a claim to an employment tribunal
Step-by-step guide to making a claim, produced by GOV.UK.
Diversity and inclusion guide for businesses
Provides tips, best practice examples and a handy checklist for implementing, managing and monitoring D&I initiatives. Produced by the Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC).
UK Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF)
A network of national organisations committed to promoting equality and the elimination of any form of discrimination. The website offers a range of resources for guidance and campaigning.
Reports and surveys
Diversity and the accounting profession
New research from ICAEW in partnership with Cardiff Business School and HEC Paris, published in 2017. The report identifies the systemic problems that hold back change, and makes recommendations for breaking down the barriers to diversity in the profession.
Women on boards
GOV.UK collection of documents relating to women on boards, including the Lord Davies review of 2011 and subsequent reports on progress.
Sex and power
Survey conducted by the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2011, looking at women in positions of power and influence.
Gender diversity in the boardroom (CIPD)
Survey of the presence of women on boards with recommendations for addressing gender imbalance.
Industrial Cases Reports Express (ICLR)
Free case summaries involving employment law, discrimination and other subjects.
Increasing gender diversity to boost performance (ACCA)
Briefing from ACCA for finance and HR leaders on increasing value through gender diversity. Published 2015.
Inquiry into sex discrimination in the finance sector
Research report from the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission published in March 2009. The study surveys the pay, policies and practices of organisations within the financial services sector.
Global diversity and inclusion: Perceptions, practices and attitudes
Results of a 2008 study by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The study is based on interviews with more than 500 senior executives and aims to 'provide a deeper understanding of diversity and inclusion issues on a global scale, and to offer insights into diversity and inclusion best practices worldwide.' It also looks at the diversity readiness of 47 countries by compiling a Global Diversity Readiness Index.
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