Newsletter February 2013

the Equality Academy Latest Research & News: February 2013

Through expert professional training and consultancy the Equality Academy endeavours to build ethical foundations of excellence in business by focusing on inclusion, diversity, equality and the human sustainability of individuals, teams and cultures in organisations.

BIS research: a strong business case for Equality & Diversity

This comprehensive academic review of the key economic evidence underlines the business benefits of equality, diversity and inclusion. Findings include: treating diversity as a strategic resource it results in important business benefits; how diversity is managed and integrated is crucial to success; and tailoring approaches to individual organisations increases success http://bit.ly/11DMxjE

The beliefs of one protected group does not override the rights of another

As long advocated in our training, the European Court of Human Rights has published its judgements in two cases: Lillian Ladele, the registrar who refused to conduct same-sex partnerships because of her religion; and Gary McFarlane, who refused to treat gay couples equally with straight ones in his job as a counsellor at Relate because of his religion. The principle is now clear that a person’s religious belief does not entitle them to discriminate against another protected group, here gay and lesbian people. http://humanism.org.uk/2013/01/15/bha

Using Human Rights and Equality to Analyse & Challenge the Public Spending Cuts

This is a key new report and guide from Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick. It covers: i. how to undertake analysis of the effect of spending cuts on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and strategies utilising that analysis ii. how to use litigation in challenging public sector spending cuts and iii. how to build links between academia and activists/practitioners http://bit.ly/Xjnuvm

February is LGBT History Month

Go to the LGBT HM website for a calendar of events in your area plus plenty of resources to educate and promote LGBT issues http://bit.ly/snfP25 If you are the sporty type ‘Football V Homophobia’ also have many good on-line resources. Contact us for tailored LGB&T equality training

New EHRC guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty

After comments by the Prime Minister, and prior to that by Eric Pickles, a new guide brings some clarity. The Equality Academy follows this guide in our equality analysis and legislation training equalityhumanrights.com/news/2013/janu

Wearing a cross at work

The European Court of Human Rights delivered a judgment saying that it was unlawful to prevent Ms Eweida (former BA member of staff) to wear a discreet cross at work, thus upholding the right of equal treatment, and religious freedom in specific circumstances. http:/www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/media/press/20

Benchmarking Survey Trends Analysis 2012

This is a survey of how the most successful companies are achieving their diversity goals. It includes:

High Trust to High Performance – Working flexibly research

Looking at what delivers sustainable high-performance at work, exploring the intrinsic emotional drivers and their correlation to engagement, energy, wellbeing and ultimately to sustained high performance in a flexible work environment. http://bit.ly/ZT742U . In separate research “Creating a flexible organisational culture to attract and retain talented workers across generations” encourages organisations to begin the systemic change and re-education process to ensure flexibility in and for the future workforce. Key headlines: i. Address the mindset ii. Invest in managers and iii. Get HR involved http://bit.ly/WdRoCv . Contact us for workplace training and support.

British wealth inequality

The wealthiest 10% of households in Britain own over 40% of overall wealth and are over 850 times wealthier than the least wealthy 10% of households (ONS 2012) The share of Britain’s richest 1% is rising sharply (20% over the past year, 25% the year before that) and inequality is now on course to return to what it was in 1918. http://bbc.in/VF3WEp

Companies say equality is good for business

Evaluation of the Implementation of the Equality Act 2010 by the Government says 90% of employers support equality in the workplace businesses saw reputation as an important driver of business behaviour in relation to equality http://bit.ly/Vb6NUy

2011 Census: Some headline facts (Eng & Wales)

Aging doesn’t impair decision-making

According to New MetLife Mature Market Institute Study those who demonstrated good decision-making also excelled at strategic learning—the ability to sift more important information from the less important. Although study participants in all three life stages had about the same strategic learning abilities, the oldest participant group slightly surpassed the rest, implying strategic learning capacity may actually increase with age in normally functioning adults. Also that older study participants (those in their 70s) were more conscientious, remained vigilant (ie considered their options before making a decision) and avoided being hyper-vigilant (ie focused on immediate solutions without considering other outcomes) when compared to the younger group (those in their 50s). http://aol.it/UVRehM

Pre-employment health questions – EHRC Checklist for employers

Section 60 of the Equality Act 2010 makes in general unlawful to ask questions about disability and health before you make a job offer. We have found that many managers don’t feel confident in what they can and can’t ask. So we have set out in a document, taken from the EHRC guidance, a non-exhaustive checklist of actions that will help to promote compliance with the Equality Act. http://bit.ly/uvQrDo