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Discrimination Rife on Job Candidates Names

Discrimination Rife on Job Candidates Names

Employers are being warned not to discriminate against people with non-British names during the recruitment process, after a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) survey revealed that discrimination is still rife in businesses. According to the research, for every 9 applications sent by a job candidate with a name suggesting they were white British, an equally competent applicant with an ethnic minority name had to send 16 to get a positive response. Applications were sent to 987 job vacancies in the private, public and voluntary sectors. “This research clearly shows that some employers are discriminating when it comes to choosing staff,” said minister for employment and welfare reform, Jim Knight. “This has no place in a modern society and racial discrimination cannot b... »

Bullying at Work

Job Security concerns Bullied Staff

Staff who are being bullied are suffering in silence rather than risk their job security by complaining, according to recruitment agency Hire Scores. Their survey of more than 900 employees found that one in three staff who had been bullied had been too worried about their job security to report the incident. Hire Scores managing director Lisette Howlett said: “During these tough economic times it is understandable that people are concerned about the repercussions of raising such difficult topics, especially if they feel as though it would either be dealt with insufficiently or not at all,” “Management should have zero tolerance to bullying and should make their staff feel valued and at ease at all times,” she added. The research also found that only 68% of staff th... »

Discrimination

Firms warned against knee-jerk response

Employers have been warned not to act in haste against staff who have been exposed as British National Party (BNP) members, following the recent publication of a leaked BNP membership list on the internet. The list includes the names, addresses and job details of around 12,000 people in the UK. Some members of the far–Right party have reported fears of a backlash at work, including the possibility of disciplinary action. However, legal experts have cautioned against a knee–jerk response, and warned employers to tread carefully to avoid the risk of unfair dismissal or discrimination claims. Mark Higgins, employment law partner at law firm Ralli said: “The starting point is that there is no automatic right to dismiss an employee for membership of a political party, in most ... »

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Mature Workers fill Skills Gap

More than 60 per cent of small firms have increased the number of mature workers they employ over the last 12 months, as they cannot find the skills they need in younger recruits, according to employment law firm Peninsula. The research also revealed that 77 per cent of small firms found mature workers to be more loyal and reliable than their younger colleagues, and 78 per cent believed older workers to be effective mentors for younger employees. According to British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) spokesman, Sam Turvey: “At a time when we’re missing key skills among the younger generation, mature workers can add real value to businesses and also contribute by bringing through younger employees,” Since October 2006, age discrimination regulations have made it illegal to treat ... »

A Small Business Guide on How to Avoid Discrimination

A Small Business Guide on How to Avoid Discrimination

As a business owner, if you could choose one legal pitfall to avoid, it should be discrimination. Unlike unfair dismissal and other employment-related awards, losing a discrimination claim in a tribunal will lead to potentially unlimited damages – so it is essential to get the law right. Unfortunately, keeping in line with the law isn’t quite as simple as just avoiding overt discrimination, such as being racist or sexist against an employee. You can be unintentionally discriminatory too, so you need to know how this can occur and how to avoid it. This article provides the basics of what you need to know to stay in line with the law; covering what discrimination is, what ‘protected characteristics’ are, how to avoid unintentional discrimination, and what to do if trouble occurs and someone ... »