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.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published free guidance on equality and discrimination law, and on human rights, for businesses employing twenty or fewer people. Legal Alert, July 2013.
The Government is consulting on whether to abolish ’unworkable’ rules under the Equality Act relating to harassment of employees by third parties. Under the rules, employers are liable to their staff for third party harassment where they failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it. Legal Alert, July 2012.
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.
Developing executive talent: best practices from global leaders
A book for human resources managers and senior executives with responsibility for employee management.
Job evaluation: a guide to achieving equal pay
A good practice guide to job evaluation.
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.
Acas guidance on equality and discrimination in the workplace. A range of practical resources are provided, including key guides, factsheets and a video explaining main types of discrimination and introducing the nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.
Acas key guide outlining the basics of what employers of all sizes and their employees and representatives must do to comply with equality legislation. It provides an overview of how equality legislation applies at work and the nine protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.
The power of knowing
Rebecca Pitman explains the importance of understanding unconscious bias and becoming aware of its sources. Recognising our own biases and then working to minimize their impact can help create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
Social media as a means to diversity
Social media has made it easier than ever for people of diverse backgrounds to connect. It's an opportunity to find commonalities, share experiences, and appreciate new viewpoints. Tanya Thirlwall looks at how accountants can use social media hashtags to connect with others interested in the same topic.
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.
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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