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Proving discrimination - The burden has just shifted!

Following hot on the heels of the judgement in Essop, the recent EAT decision in EFOBI v ROYAL MAIL GROUP LTD provides further clarity to UK Discrimination Law.

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Unjustified and unacceptable - The BBC's pay gap between white and BME Stars

Pay of BBC's best paid star Chris Evans in 2016 equalled that of all BME high-earners put together

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Black and Asian workers more likely to have insecure jobs, says TUC

Employers and Policymakers urged to tackle bias and racism in the workplace!

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Indirect Discrimination - An Achilles Heel?

The Supreme Court has given its much anticipated judgement in the case of Essop v Home Office, bringing clarity in an area of law beset by confusion and ambiguity.

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Firms urged to publish ethnic breakdown!

A Government backed review has called for many firms to publish a breakdown of their workforce by race and pay.

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Engineering's stark racial inequalities revealed by report

"Ethnicity is statistically correlated with an unemployment outcome!" Says the Royal Academy of Engineering

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Will Britain ever have a black Prime Minister? The answer starts in schools

Take two children born in the UK today - one black and one white. What are the chances of one of them becoming prime minister? The black child is 12 times less likely to make it, according to a BBC documentary.

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How unconscious bias is killing communities and industries with unemployment

The Government was proud to announce that unemployment during the second quarter of 2016 fell by 4.6% to 1.6 million people. Yet a closer look revealed that people of colour were not the ones stepping out of the benefits queue and into jobs. Black History Month investigates how communities of colour have been overlooked in the national bid for new jobs.

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Diversity - It's in the numbers!

Alphabet Google's recently released Diversity Report shows that progress in creating a more ethnically and gender diverse workforce is painfully slow. This article looks at the representation challenges faced within the Tech Industry by giants such as Google and Apple.

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Red Line Voting - A New Paradigm in Responsible Investing

Pension Trustees should take into account environmental and social issues that are financially material to their investments, as well as corporate governance matters. This was the conclusion of the Law Commission's 2014 Report on Fiduciary Duties of Investment Intermediaries.

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Does Diversity Matter?

12 years on from the publishing of Professor Scott E Page's 'Diversity Trumps Ability' theorem which has been roundly criticised in academic circles as being an example of bad maths, the recent research from McKinsey's offers cogent evidence of a correlation between diverse leadership and corporate financial performance.

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Going Public: Diversity Disclosures by Large UK Firms

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) information as part of the emerging global trend for non-financial information is increasingly being taken into account by companies in decision-making, with the board, management and shareholders all requiring trustworthy, robust non-financial data as part of any analyses of corporate governance risks and opportunities and their impact on the economic performance of an investment.

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An electric shock for the law on discrimination at work!

The recent European case Chez may mark a sea change in Indirect Discrimination claims. What did it decide and what lies ahead for the evolving concept of 'Associative Discrimination'?

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Diversity at work: hiring 'the best person for the job' isn't enough

Unconscious bias and a tendency to hire in their own image can lead managers to bring in the wrong candidate for their team.

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Tips on how to Develop an Inclusive Recruitment Practice

Organisations are often blind to many aspects of their people selection processes, as they tend to occur outside of the standard day-to-day number crunching cycle. Yet where we find the best talent, and the processes we must develop in order to achieve that, can have a huge impact on the organisation's future prospects. This issue provides some good practice tips on an important aspect of this, namely how to conduct a 'valid job analysis'.

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The Race Relations Act 1965 - Blessing or Curse?

Fifty years ago, on 8 December 1965, race discrimination was outlawed in Britain from clubs and pubs. Fifty years on, black women are mounting a campaign against DSTRKT club for barring their entry on grounds that they are 'too fat' and 'too dark'. So nothing has changed? Plenty has, but for good or ill?

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Is It Because I'm Black?

Is race discrimination a primary cause of the employment disparities experienced by some minority groups. Or is the picture, perhaps a little more complicated? This blog explores some of the research on the subject of 'stereotype threat'. How this can sometimes lead to self-handicapping outcomes for minority groups and takes a cursory look at some of the measures organisations can deploy, to try and alleviate it.

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Name Blind Recruitment - The Facts

The Prime Minister has called time on employment discrimination with the introduction of 'name blind' recruitment. But how effective is it? This blog examines the evidence.

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Thoroughly Modern Racism

There is clear evidence and growing confidence that Britain is becoming a more tolerant society. So what are the reasons behind persisting racial inequalities?

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Positive About Disability?

Reasonable adjustments are important in removing barriers which may prevent disabled people from participating in employment. However, they are meaningless if disabled job applicants continue to face the level of employment discrimination which is evident in their employment outcomes. This blog discusses the need to move from a 'protection paradigm' which is over-reliant on the goodwill of Employers, to one where Employers are required to be cognisant of their own unique bias settings and have in place appropriate corrective measures in mitigation.

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Trigger-Happy Prejudice

The fatal shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham in 2011, and the recent spate of killings of young unarmed black men on the streets of the United States, has been for many of us chillingly shocking. But do the tragic circumstances surrounding these deaths, and the seemingly implausible lack of culpability on the part of the police officers responsible, expose some hard unpalatable truths about the way, we all fundamentally think and act?

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