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Thought Leaders from Across the Globe on Rethinking Employment in Crisis

Posted by Gabi Spiro on 16-Apr-2020 10:51:39

Though right now, almost all international travel has come to a halt, we still have a lot to learn from our friends and partners overseas. We have the opportunity to expand our knowledge and look at how others are leading in a time of crisis. 

We're speaking with employment law experts from across the globe to help employers understand the latest developments in the Covid Crisis. As well as sharing their insights and their country's unique perspective, these thought leaders answer the questions you submit and recommend the best next steps to mitigate damage and plan for change. 

Gapsquare's team of diversity & inclusion and HR experts speak with lawyers from India, America and France, in the clear and helpful videos you can find below.

India - 16th April

How are employers in India reacting in an agile way to the coronavirus? Today Gapsquare VP Partnerships & Growth Sian Webb speaks with employment lawyer at BTG Legal, Anvitaa Pattani. They cover:

  • What does lockdown look like for India?
  • Safety measures and ensuring employees' immediate wellness
  • Were employers prepared?
  • Supply chain management and workforce changes

 

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Tags: Legal sector, Financial Sector, Covid19

Fair and Legal Employment during the Covid Crisis: Weekly Q&As with Gapsquare & Osborne Clarke

Posted by Gabi Spiro on 30-Mar-2020 14:54:27

We know that, at the moment, everything is changing very quickly and it can be hard to keep up - with the news, with the government's changing restrictions, and with knowing what steps to take next. So we're holding weekly discussions with employment lawyers in the UK at our partner firm, Osborne Clarke, to try and help you navigate the coming months as an employer. 

Each week, Osborne Clarke will catch up with Gapsquare CEO Dr. Zara Nanu about the latest developments in employment law, to advise you on what steps to take now, and to let you know what you can expect to see going forward.

Episode 8: 15th April

With non-essential shops in the UK resuming business today, and in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, there's a lot to talk about in this week's Q&A with Osborne Clarke. In Episode 8, we cover:

  • Employment updates - changes to furlough, and employers taking advantage of the scheme
  • Redundancies and the risk of unfair dismissal
  • The 'productivity gap'
  • Supporting BAME employees at work, and thinking about health & safety for those at higher risk 
Episode 7: 26th May 

From training managers to have those difficult conversations to one to one meetings, this Q&A with Gapsquare and Osborne Clarke covers the essentials to navigating the coming weeks of employment, including:

  • Potential redundancies and sensitively managing expectations
  • Holiday - can you expect to ask employees to take time off during a furlough period? How will it be valuable in the long run?
Episode 6: 13th May 

This week has undeniably been a big one for UK employment regulations, and there are a few question marks. Join us for a conversation about:

  • Advice from the government about returning to work 
  • Advice from experts on making the return to work as safe as possible
  • Preparing to support employees with caring responsibilities for the 'back to school' period
 
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Tags: Legal sector, Financial Sector, Covid19

Covid 19: The Best Resources for HR & Workforce Management

Posted by Gabi Spiro on 27-Mar-2020 13:08:40

Note: This article was updated on 27 March 2020. Because the COVID-19 situation is dynamic, with new governmental measures each day, employers should have a look at the latest developments on the UK Gov’s website or get in touch with us to make the most informed decisions, though we will do our best to update this list frequently.

It's an unusual time to be alive, no doubt. But we at Gapsquare are finding a renewed sense of connectivity, community, and solidarity in our working lives - there's a sense that together, we can push through this, learn from one another and inspire positive change. We're also seeing lots of fantastic organisations and individuals taking proactive steps to mitigate workforce and financial damage, and even more great resources with advice and tips to help businesses succeed in this bewildering time.

So we're joining in. We've compiled our favourite resources, covering everything from planning for workforce changes, to financial implications, to how to be a strong and successful leader - take note!

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Tags: Legal sector, Financial Sector, Covid19

Press Release: Tech Pioneers Collaborate to Expand Fair Pay Down Under

Posted by Gabi Spiro on 06-Mar-2020 14:26:31

With Equal Pay and Gender Pay Gap Reporting Legislation springing up across the globe, two tech innovators join forces to expand equality practices far and wide.

Equality innovator Gapsquare today announce their collaboration with Kudos Web, an expert web development and AI company, in order to bring fair pay analytics and practices to Australia and New Zealand.

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Tags: gender pay gap, gender pay gap reporting, reporting, pay gap reporting

This Election will Transform your Workplace - Vote for Gender Equality & Fair Pay

Posted by Gabi Spiro on 09-Dec-2019 17:01:18

Creating a workplace that is diverse, inclusive and productive should be a priority for employers and employees across the globe. Considering these issues when you use your vote in the UK General Election on Thursday could not be more important, especially now that more of us than ever before are working. At Gapsquare, we’ve seen how important legislative and company policy is to building a fairer world of work and changing public perception around fair remuneration. We urge you to think about the following workers' rights, diversity, equality & inclusion, and pay policies when you cast your vote this week.

Workers' Rights are Women’s Rights

We’re delighted to read that all the major parties propose policies to improve workers’ rights and build sustainable and fair businesses around the country.* As well as making business sense (happy employees stick around for longer) Gapsquare have seen correlation between worker’s rights and a shrinking gender pay gap. Labour hope to ban 0 hour contracts, whilst Green pledge to close loopholes which allow employers to deny gig workers their key rights - so gig workers would receive at least the minimum wage, and have job security, sick leave, holiday pay and pension provisions.** The benefits of flexible working sees it on the agenda for Labour, the Conservatives, and the Liberal Democrats alike. These policies make it easier for employees to balance work and personal life, and ease parent’s return to the workplace after having children - the lack of which is a huge driver of occupational segregation, representation at high pay levels and, therefore, the Gender Pay Gap.

Care Responsibilities, Children & Leave

Other policies to improve the work-life balance and benefit new mothers are ostensibly a priority across the board, and it’s about time. By varying amounts, Labour, the Conservatives and Lib Dem all pledge to improve paternity leave for fathers; Labour and the SNP wish to extend maternity leave to a year, and SNP also hope to increase paternity leave from 52 to 64 weeks, with 12 weeks to be the minimum taken by the father. This gives parents more time to bond with their newborns and mothers the chance to return to work more quickly. 

"One of the most radical promises is the Green party’s pledge to ensure a pay ratio of 10:1"

Childcare also seems to be a priority issue, with the Tories hoping to fund more high quality childcare before and after school and during holidays. The Green party pledge a whopping 35 hours a week of free childcare for all from the age of 9 months. Research by the Young Women’s Trust and Pregnant then Screwed shows that reducing the cost of childcare could close the gap quicker, and our research at Gapsquare mirrors that of the ONS when it shows that gender pay gaps emerge after the age of thirty, when female employees increasingly have care responsibilities. Implementing policies to encourage fairer parental leave, and improving access to childcare are effective ways to solve an age-old problem.

A Real Living Wage

Similarly a fairer living wage is mentioned in various manifestos - and remains one of our metrics for pay fairness at Gapsquare. Labour pledge to increase the living wage to £10 per hour, the Conservatives to £10.50 (but more slowly), and Green up to £12 for those aged between 16 and 21. The Lib Dems and SNP also mention raising the living wage without stating an exact figure, though Lib Dem commit to setting a 20% higher minimum wage for those on zero-hour contracts to compensate for the uncertainty of fluctuating hours. One of the most radical promises is the Green party’s pledge to ensure a pay ratio of 10:1, so that no one in any organisation is paid more than ten times what the lowest member of staff is paid. 

Expanding & Regulating Gap Reporting 

When it comes to fair pay and pay gap reporting, the Labour Party have a fantastically forward-thinking agenda. They propose to fine companies who don’t devise and implement plans to eradicate pay inequalities, lower the threshold for gender pay gap reporting to 50 employees, extended pay gap reporting to BAME groups and people with disabilities, as well as changing legislation so that women will no longer have to take enforcement action for equal pay disputes, rather making the state responsible for enforcing equal pay legislation. The Lib Dems would also require companies to monitor and publish data on gender, BAME, disability and LGBT+ employment levels and pay gaps, and Green also hope to change the law so it’s easier to take action against employers in unequal pay cases. 

Smashing the Glass Ceiling 

Interestingly this election sees many parties proposing policies to rethink workforce distribution, and these quotas directly relate to pay parity and representation of minority groups at higher levels and pay grades. The Lib Dem’s manifesto is particularly progressive on this agenda, with plans to require all companies with 250+ employees to have at least one employee representative on their board, as well as staff representation on remuneration committees, giving staff in listed companies a right to request shares, and 40% female board representation in FTSE 350 companies. Green are also looking at installing a 40% quota for women on major company boards, following similar legislation in France and other European countries.

"Labour wish to reduce the average full time working week to just 32 hours."

Other interesting fair pay pledges include Labour’s wish to reduce the average full time working week to just 32 hours. We’d love to see the Lib Dems extend the use of name-blind recruitment processes in the public sector and develop free unconscious bias training as a condition of the receipt of public funds, or watch Green ban bonuses exceeding the annual wage of the lowest paid worker in the organisation and work toward pay equity.

Building a fairer future

The workplace is undeniably changing as a new generation of employees demand better rights, and as diversity, equality & inclusion concerns become more and more of a priority. We at Gapsquare urge you to consider how each party hopes to tackle these issues when you cast your vote on the 12th December - vote for a fairer future.

 

* We are aware of that this article doesn’t cover every party of their aims, in part because some do not have manifestos, and in part due to time restrictions. You can find out more about who is standing in your area here.

** A gig economy is a free market system in which temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements e.g. freelancers, independent contractors, project-based workers and temporary or part-time hires.

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Tags: Actions to close the gap, Government Recommendations for Closing the Gap, Equality and Human Rights, 2019