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The Poppy and The Law

The remembrance poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war. As a nationally recognised symbol of remembrance, the poppy has attracted some controversy in recent years with some high profile individuals, such as Northern Ireland footballer James Mclean, refusing to wear the emblem.

Contributor: Alexandra Owen | Published: 11 November 2018

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Google staff walkout over treatment of women

“The cases of sexual harassment at Google shine a spotlight on a wider problem women face in the workplace." Contributor Dr Dulini Fernando, Associate Professor - Warwick Business School. All the women I spoke to while researching sex-based harassment had suffered on some level, from sexist remarks to harassment during pregnancy and sexually motivated advances.

Contributor: Dulini Fernando | Published: 3 November 2018

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Beating the scourge of human trafficking 

We are justifiably encouraged to stay on the look-out for tell-tale signs and alert the authorities if we think something suspicious is going on. We have become conditioned to this state of affairs and accept it as another part of our civic duty, an obligation we owe to other members of our society in the interests of us all.

Contributor: Shan Saba | Published: 25 October 2018

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Sexual harassment – regulators need to take responsibilities more seriously

The Women and Equalities Committee wrote in July to ten regulatory and inspection bodies in sectors including healthcare, law, education and financial services, asking them to explain what they were doing to tackle workplace sexual harassment. Contributor Maria Miller MP, Chair - Women and Equalities Committee.

Contributor: Maria Miller MP | Published: 16 October 2018

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More must be done to attract people from lower socio-economic backgrounds into law

New report from the Bridge Group in collaboration with eight global law firms seeks to set in motion informed change. The research includes the analysis of data relating to over 2,800 early career professionals and interviews with current and former employees from eight leading UK law firms.

Contributor: Nicholas Miller | Published: 28 September 2018

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Sudden fall in already low levels of paternity leave

Widening gap between mothers and fathers taking leave - difference of 449,00 in 2017/18 “Gig economy” workers suffer lack of paternity rights. The already low number of fathers claiming paternity leave has fallen for the first time in five years, to 213,500, down 3% from 221,000 last year*, says EMW the commercial law firm.

Contributor: Jon Taylor | Published: 8 August 2018


Women and Equalities Committee report on sexual harassment released

The Women and Equalities Committee (a Parliamentary select committee) has published the results of its six-month long inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace and has set out a number of recommendations which it is calling on the Government to implement. 

Contributor: Graham Irons | Published: 1 August 2018

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Government launches second consultation on banning pensions cold-calling

“It’s time to send a clear message to pension scammers that this will not be tolerated, so the sooner this ban is implemented the better. However once the ban is in place, employees will still need to be alert as it’s not going to stop all fraudsters". To help with this, here are some top tips on how employees can avoid losing their pension to scams and fraudsters. 

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 26 July 2018

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Disproportionate criminal records disclosure regime reaches Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear the Government’s appeal in a long running case about the disclosure of criminal records. The Government is arguing that their current approach to disclosing old and minor cautions and convictions on standard and enhanced criminal record checks, often decades later, is fair.

Contributor: Christopher Stacey | Published: 24 June 2018

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Home Office relaxes immigration rules for overseas doctors

The Government has listened to ongoing concerns about visa caps and has removed its restrictions on the number of overseas doctors that can work in the UK. The NHS has long relied on the knowledge and expertise of this diverse talent pool. Due to the visa caps a number of our NHS hospital partners have been running rotas with numerous gaps for many months now.

Contributor: Philip Braham | Published: 21 June 2018