Good morning – here’s your round-up of the main news stories from the world of HR and employment law.
Acas study urges higher take-up of flexible working – Personnel Today
A report published today by Acas calls for more flexible working for parents returning to work after parental leave as a way to tackle gender inequality and the gender pay gap.
The report, Flexible Working for Parents Returning to Work – Maintaining career development, by the Institute of Employment Studies, draws on existing research evidence and a series of case studies.
The report emphasises that while women lose out on promotion, men also pay a ‘parenthood penalty’ by spending less time with their children and families. The low take-up of flexible working arrangements and even paternity leave is proof of this.
Ethnic minority leaders face prejudice – HR Magazine
Four out of five (82%) ethnic minority leaders do not trust the organisations they work for, believing there is institutional prejudice against minorities in the UK, according to research from executive search firm Green Park.
The research found that 18% of ethnic minority leaders have personally experienced workplace discrimination in the last two years.
One in five (21 per cent) employees are concerned they are not taken seriously at work because of their age, new research has revealed.
The survey by charity the Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA), of 2,000 working adults and 172 HR directors, revealed that ageism was a concern, particularly for younger employees. Of those aged between 16 and 24, almost half (43 per cent) said they were not taken seriously because of their age, compared with just 21 per cent of 55 to 64-year-olds.