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Ending Sexual Harassment at Work, HMRC Report

FPSW has responded:

Dear HMRC,

I have just read your report and recommendations on ending sexual harassment at work; an excellent summary of the issues thank you. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/ending-sexual-harassment-at-work.pdf

I just wondered, please:

  1.       What is the status of the report and what requirement is there on the Government or Employers to respond to the recommendations?
  2.       Is there a missing issue around treatment of perpetrators? I would have thought that hesitancy to report incidence of unwanted harassment towards oneself (and indeed lack restraint by those who harass) is at least in part due to uncertainty that the perpetrator will be at least sanctioned if not removed from their position of power. In the past it has too often been the victim who has had to change their job even where the harassment is accepted. A policy which included zero tolerance and implemented this with vigour would do much both to encourage reporting and to reduce casual ‘banter’.


Why does tax matter for equality between women and men?

The APPG on Responsible Taxation and the Women’s Budget Group invite you to:

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House, SW1A 2JR

11.30 am Tuesday 1 May 2018

A fair tax system is critical to ensuring gender equality and tackling poverty. Tax policy enables governments to influence the economy in ways that may impact differently on men and women because of differences in their economic position, caring responsibilities and decision-making power. Tax also provides revenue that is used to invest in infrastructure, public services and social security. Women, because of their caring roles, often are, or end up, more dependent on such services and transfers than men.


EHRC Pay Gap Reporting Enforcement Policy published


Dear Dr Jackie Longworth

Thank you for your participation in our consultation on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s proposals to enforce Gender Pay Gap Reporting regulations.

Please click here to view our published Pay Gap Reporting Enforcement Policy. Many thanks for your input in shaping this policy.

With the deadline of 4th April 2018 fast approaching, we are urging all organisations employing over 250 people to ensure they comply with the regulation, to avoid enforcement proceedings.


Make all jobs flexible says Women and Equalities Committee

In it's report on Fathers' rights the WEC recommends, amongst other things, that:

  • The Government should legislate immediately to make a reality the Prime Minister’s call for all jobs to be advertised as flexible from day one, unless there are solid business reasons not to


WEC inquiry and report: Fathers and the Workplace


Working Families Index 2018 published


Provides detailed data and survey results and concludes amongst other things that "childcare needs to also be a central plank of government industrial and economic strategies across the UK":

What needs to change?


SARSAS jobs advertised

Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support are recruiting three administrative posts;

Application deadlines for these roles are Monday 19th of March 2018
Interviews for administration roles will take place on Wednesday 4th of April 2018

For full job descriptions and information on how to apply please see our website www.sarsas.org.uk/recruitment/ 


Reducing Domestic abuse; event in London June 12th


In anticipation of the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill, this symposium will provide the opportunity for local authorities, government agencies, charities, police authorities and other key stakeholders with the opportunity to formulate strategies for improving the UK’s response to domestic violence and abuse. It will also enable all stakeholders to share best practice in developing innovative solutions to support the prevention, identification and reporting of domestic abuse.



See www.fairplaysouthwest.org.uk/events for details.

STEM Returners Opportunity


Partnering with STEM Returners, Babcock and Atlas Elektonik are offering a trailblazing 13-week programme aimed at giving highly qualified engineers a chance to show that taking extended time away from work is not a barrier to getting a job in 2018.  It’s on offer to men and women who have more than a year’s career break from science, technology or engineering - and is also open to candidates who have the skills and experience to transfer their technical career.