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.
The Department for Work and Pensions published a policy paper, ‘Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach’, in February 2017, encouraging businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers and presenting the benefits of a fuller working life.
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.
The European Women’s Lobby published a December 2016 report on Brexit and women’s rights.
The Government published a green paper, ‘Improving Lives’, on work, disability and health in October 2016. The Government also launched an open consultation seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. The consultation is open until 17 February 2017.
The Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No.11) Order 2016 (SI 839/2016) brought section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 into force on 22 August 2016.
In March 2016, the Government published ‘Talent Action Plan for 2016, Removing the barriers to success’.
In March 2016, EUmatters published an article on Brexit and working women’s rights.
On 25 October 2015, the Prime Minister announced new measures to eradicate gender inequality in the work place and remove barriers to women’s success.
In August 2015, the European Commission published a Roadmap as part of an initiative to address the low participation of women in the labour market.