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WEC Report and Government Response: the Gender Pay Gap

February 21, 2017
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A March 2016 report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee says the gender pay gap will persist unless Government policy changes. The Government responded in February 2017, rejecting most of the report's recommendations.
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Announcement: Plans for a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act

February 20, 2017
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Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work to bring forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act in February 2017. Work will be overseen by the Prime Minister's Office and coordinated by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.
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Ministry of Justice Consultation – Help with Employment Tribunal Fees

February 20, 2017
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The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on proposals to provide more support with employment tribunal fees for people on lower incomes. The consultation closes on 14 March 2017.
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UKIM submission: Disability Rights in the UK

February 17, 2017
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The UK Independent Mechanism published a report on the rights of disabled people under the CRPD in February 2017. It noted that "the UK and devolved governments have not taken all the appropriate steps to progress the implementation of the Convention."
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EDF and Government response – NHS charging proposals

February 17, 2017
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Responses to a consultation on proposals to further extend charging for overseas visitors and migrants who use the NHS; including the Royal College of Nursing, the TUC, and the Race Equality Foundation. The Government responded in February 2017.
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Cloisters column part two – ‘Premature Labelling? A child-centred approach to questions of gender identity’

February 13, 2017
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Leading equality and human rights barristers from Cloisters chambers give a monthly practical insight into key legal developments. This is part two of a two-part series on trans rights.
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Work and Pensions Committee report – the Disability Employment Gap

February 6, 2017
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The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published their report on the disability employment gap in February 2017. The report noted that "Recent years have seen an increase in the number of disabled people in work, but too many disabled people are still being left behind in the labour market.
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Women and Equalities Committee – equalities review of 2015 spending and Government response

January 31, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Select Committee published a report on equalities impact assessments around the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement in November 2016. The Government responded to the report in January 2017
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Fawcett Society review – Sex Discrimination Law

January 30, 2017
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The Fawcett Society launched a review into sex discrimination law in post-Brexit Britain in January 2017. The review also considered current laws and how to best balance the rights of the individual with the responsibilities of the organisation.
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Women & Equalities and Petitions Committees report on high heels and workplace dress codes

January 25, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Committee and the Petitions Committee of the House of Commons published a joint report on high heels and workplace dress codes in January 2017.
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Government Consultation and EDF Response – Reforming the Employment Tribunal system

January 21, 2017
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The Government launched a consultation on reforming the Employment Tribunal system in December 2016. We responded to this consultation in January 2017.
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Women and Equalities Committee inquiry: Are fathers being failed in the workplace?

January 16, 2017
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The Women and Equalities Committee launched an inquiry in January 2017 as new research reveals that many fathers do not feel supported in the workplace to care for their children. The Committee is receiving written submissions from both organisations and individuals. Submissions should be received by 1 March 2017.
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MHT Report and Government Response – The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

January 9, 2017
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The Mental Health Taskforce produced The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in February 2016, making 58 recommendations to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health. The Government responded in January 2017.
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Joint Committee on Human Rights report on the human rights implications of Brexit

December 19, 2016
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The Joint Committee on Human Rights published an interim report on the human rights implications of Brexit in December 2016.
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Mapping The Great Repeal: European Union Law And The Protection Of Human Rights

December 13, 2016

Angela Patrick, from Doughty Street Chambers, produced a background paper for the Thomas Paine Initiative, entitled 'Mapping The Great Repeal: European Union Law And The Protection Of Human Rights', published in December 2016.
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The Bach Commission on access to justice: EDF response and interim report

December 9, 2016
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The Fabian Society is providing the secretariat to Lord Willy Bach’s Commission on Access to Justice, which will explore establishing access to justice as a fundamental public entitlement. The deadline for submissions passed in May 2016. In November 2016 the Commission published an interim report, 'The crisis in the justice system in England & Wales'.
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Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on ensuring strong equalities legislation after EU exit

November 23, 2016
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The Women and Equalities Select Committee launched an inquiry into ensuring strong equalities legislation following EU exit in October 2016. The deadline for submissions was Wednesday 9 November 2016. The Equality and Diversity Forum made a written submission. Other submissions can be seen on the Committee website.
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Lammy Review of BAME representation in the Criminal Justice System – emerging findings published

November 23, 2016
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The Lammy Review into BAME representation in the criminal justice system has launched its call for evidence. The review will look at the way the CJS deals with young people and adults from BAME backgrounds. The review published an interim report in November 2016.
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Equally Ours: Rights for Life publication on human rights

March 18, 2016
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In March 2016, Equally Ours published 'Rights for Life' - sharing stories on how human rights have been used in people's lives.
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