The Reality of the Gender Pay Gap

For a long time now, the existence of a gender pay gap has been well documented and often commented upon.

It has been common knowledge that there is a sizeable gap between the average pay for men in the UK and the average pay for women. Each year the press identify a gender pay gap day – the day at which women effectively stop earning when compared to men.

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The importance of seeking out unused material in a criminal allegation

It is vitally important that defence teams are pro active in seeking out the unused material in a criminal allegation.

The case of Liam Allan highlights the problems faced by those wrongly accused. At the initial stages the police should be gathering information in an impartial and scrupulous way. The law requires a disclosure officer to be appointed, who must prepare a schedule of all material gathered and analyse all that evidence to see what has to be disclosed to the defence lawyers. Continue reading “The importance of seeking out unused material in a criminal allegation”

Get pregnant, lose your job? A time to stand up for change.

Our recent article ‘maternity discrimination‘, highlighted the shocking statistics about the employment of women who are pregnant or have taken maternity leave.

The campaign group, Maternity Action, have commissioned a report;
Unfair Redundancies During Pregnancy, Maternity Leave And Return To Work – https://www.maternityaction.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/RedundancyReportFinal.compressed.pdflooking specifically into the rate of women who are pregnant or on maternity leave who are made redundant. Continue reading “Get pregnant, lose your job? A time to stand up for change.”

Look after your staff’s mental health, look after your business

As a society, we are becoming more aware of mental health and the impact this can have on people’s daily lives. The stigma surrounding mental health is now slowly lifting as society becomes more open and tolerant and awareness is increasing.

How mental health can be supported in the workplace is therefore a serious issue and one that employers must give strong consideration to. Earlier this year the government commissioned an independent review into this which has led to the publication of the Stevenson-Farmer Thriving at Work review – Continue reading “Look after your staff’s mental health, look after your business”

Maternity descrimination and a personal take on parental leave

It has long been the case that employees who are pregnant or on maternity leave are protected from discrimination or being dismissed because of their pregnancy or maternity leave. But for every respectable employer treating pregnant employees with decency, there are others that think that maternity leave is nothing but an inconvenience.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a report on pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Some of the main findings of their research are staggering: Continue reading “Maternity descrimination and a personal take on parental leave”