Flexible working in the future???

https://youtu.be/tfjpWIWZiFo Below are three links you need! Our panel discussion on Flexible Working which took place in July 2021. A link to the Government proposals A link to the consultation document Do not be upset withthe legislation you get if you don’t take the opportunity to have your say now! The closing date for consultation […]

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Age Discrimination in Recruitment

Last week I had the pleasure of discussing recruitment, age discrimination and Artificial Intelligence with Roberto Perrone at BBC Three Counties Radio. You can listen to the interview here, but below are my thoughts. The interview was triggered by the experiences of Karen Beecham, a 58 year old buyer who was made redundancy from M&S […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Protected Characteristics – Parental Status

Being a working parent is hard! For me, it was actually harder when my kids were at primary school, than when they were at nursery. At nursery, there was cover from 7am – 7pm if I needed it. At primary school there appeared to be a natural assumption that you could drop off at 8:50, […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Protected Characteristics – Age

While it is not unlawful for a potential or current employer to ask you your age, it is unlawful for them to make decisions based on your age. On this basis, many hiring employers don’t ask about age because they don’t want to run the risk of an age discrimination from someone before they even […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Protected Characteristics – Gender

There are two ways in which I can tackle the Gender Elephant! The first is in the traditional way; by looking up to see if there is still a glass ceiling. The second is by looking at gender in today’s society i.e. the increasing use of pronoun confirmation in email signatures, LinkedIn profiles etc. I’m […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Protected Characteristics – Disability

Starting with the assumption that the person can do the job, has done it before and has a proven track record…… Would you employ a disabled person? If not, why not? Would it depend on their disability? Would it depend on your location and working environment? If they are deaf, blind, wheelchair bound, an amputee […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Mental Health – Self-harm

Self-harm is widely misunderstood. There are many people who self-harm as a way of exerting control over themselves or a situation. Contra to popular belief, self-harm is NOT an attempted suicide, however, the people who self-harm are at increased risk of suicide, often because the stress triggers are the same. Self-harm is a behaviour which […]

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The Elephant in the Room

This is the first in a series of blogs to mark our 14th birthday on 1st May 2021. The background to my thinking here is a little odd, but the theme of these blogs is based on ‘The Elephant in the Room’. All the things which employers do not want to talk about or deal […]

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Ready to retire?

What do you do when someone is reaching what used to be referred to as ‘retirement age’? Care needs to be taken when you are dealing with employees of a certain age; they should not be treated any differently or discriminated against just because of their age.  Employers that compulsorily retire employees, or attempt to […]

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