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Regulator gets tough on the inappropriate use of NDAs

Karen Seward

#Timesup has been called on the inappropriate use of NDAs to silence victims of sexual harassment or other conduct that might otherwise be reported to regulators or the police. In an unusual move, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued a warning to law firms and solicitors that it will be tough on those who Read More

Level playing field

Sheila Fahy

How often do we – and by “we” I mean those who are able-bodied and able-minded – really think about what it is like to be disabled in the workplace? It comes up all the time for HR practitioners who have to consider reasonable adjustments for Equality Act obligations as well as temporary accommodations for Read More

Six-month calendar 2018 – Employment developments

Rachel Reeves

Last year when we issued our 2017 calendar, we predicted that women would feature prominently as organisations pushed through measures to reduce their gender pay gap and to increase the percentage of women in the pipeline to senior positions. Nobody could have predicted just how game-changing campaigns like #Metoo and #Timesup would be to the Read More

Gender pay gap reporting – time is of the essence

Alana Burton

With less than three months to go until the 4 April 2018 deadline, there has been a spate of recently uploaded gender pay gap reports to the official Government website. Even taking the 247 reports submitted within the last five weeks, the total number is still only 568, which is a mere 6% of the Read More

Rethinking U.S. executive compensation to optimise tax-deductibility

Brian Jebb

    Newly-passed U.S. legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, paves the way for major federal tax reforms, among them changes which significantly limit the tax deductibility of certain types of executive compensation under Section 162(m) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Under Section 162(m), as it applies to pre-2018 tax years, Read More

Too fat, too slutty, too loud

Sheila Fahy

We all know what is sometimes said about successful women in business. They are too aggressive, too ballsy, not enough gravitas, too much gravitas, too old, too frumpy, too tough, too soft, too cold, not hot enough, oddball, no life. These hackneyed stereotypes would be laughable if they didn’t manage to permeate the very concept Read More

“Time’s Up” on sexual harassment

Sarah Henchoz

Many are heralding 2018 as the Year of the Woman not least because it is 100 years since women (over the age of 30) were first given the right to vote in the UK. This is likely to bring with it many interesting campaigns and initiatives continuing the drive towards female equality, including the ongoing Read More