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News in brief – September 2018

Employment claims rise at highest rate for five years

New figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that in the period from April to June 2018, the number of single claims received by the Employment Tribunal increased by 165% when compared to the same quarter in 2017.

Read more: https://imbusiness.passle.net/post/102f20y/employment-claims-rise-at-highest-rate-for-five-years

CBI publishes guide to help employers tackle mental stress

The Confederation of British Industry has published guidance for employers on how to tackle health and wellbeing after finding that the scale of the UK’s mental health challenge is growing. 

This guide looks at existing good practice and recommends that employers take three steps to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff.

Find out more: https://imbusiness.passle.net/post/102f210/cbi-publishes-guide-to-help-employers-tackle-mental-stress

Toolkit published to help organisations bridge the gender pay gap

The Government backed - Women's Business Council's Men as Change Agents group - has published a toolkit of practical advice aimed at business leaders and CEOs at FTSE 350 companies to help them close the gender pay gap in their organisations. 

Organisations have to publish data annually and the next deadline is 4 April 2019 (30 March for public sector employers). 

The media gleefully picked over the 2018 statistics and organisations with significant gaps were criticised.  So, organisations whose figures have flat lined or got worse should expect some flak. 

Read more: https://imbusiness.passle.net/post/102f21g/toolkit-published-to-help-organisations-bridge-the-gender-pay-gap

Report into #MeToo shows gender discrimination widespread at work

A major new report from Young Women’s Trust has found that, despite the #MeToo movement and reforms including gender pay gap reporting, millions of women continue to lose out in the workplace – and mental health inequalities have got worse. 

The survey of 4,000 young people shows that, nearly a year on from #MeToo, a third of young women do not know how to report sexual harassment at work and a quarter would be reluctant to do so for fear of losing their job.

Read more: https://imbusiness.passle.net/post/102f21j/report-into-metoo-shows-gender-discrimination-widespread-at-work

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