TAEN report: ‘Tackling Unemployment After the Recession’

‘Tackling Unemployment After the Recession: Conference Report’ was published on 18 March 2010.

It is the report of the joint TAEN and Social Market Foundation Conference held on 8 March 2010 on ‘Who’s Hurting and What’s Working? Tackling Unemployment After the Recession’. The speakers included Yvette Cooper, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Lord Freud, Conservative Spokesman on Welfare Reform, and Steve Webb, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions spokesman. They shared their views, on the eve of the general election campaign, on tackling unemployment and issues for younger and older workers. The conference was sponsored by Reed in Partnership.

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Speaker’s Conference report and responses

The Speaker’s Conference published its final report on 11 January 2010.

The Conference was asked to: ‘Consider, and make recommendations for rectifying, the disparity between the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons and their representation in the UK population at large’, and consider other associated matters.

On Wednesday 10 March 2010, the responses to the Speaker’s Conference final report were published. Responses from the House of Commons Management Board, the Labour Party, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats as well as the Government Equalities Office (GEO) are included.

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EHRC report: ‘Developing a Bill of Rights for the UK’

In March 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) published ‘Developing a Bill of Rights for the UK’.

To understand what this could mean for Britain, the EHRC worked with Global Partners and Associates and London Metropolitan University to identify and explore best practice processes for developing a new Bill of Rights. The research analysed evidence drawn from related domestic and international experiences, indentified key principles that should underpin the development of a bill of rights. It also strove to indentify policy implications in relation to any future process.

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Click here to view the Commission’s response to the Government’s consultation on a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

In addition on the 1st March the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) held a debate on the future of human rights legislation. The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Grieve MP, Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and David Howarth MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Justice set out their respective party’s position and answered questions from human rights experts.

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CIPD report on integrating talent management and diversity

In March 2010, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) published the report ‘Opening up talent for business success: integrating talent management and diversity’.

This report explores the extent to which employers are integrating talent management, and what can be learnt from those that do. It is aimed at talent management and diversity professionals and all those who take a keen interest in recruiting and developing the best people for their organisation. The commentary includes recommendations for action which are designed as questions to prompt how organisations approach talent management and diversity and identify the gaps they need to address to improve effectiveness.

Case studies include:

  • integrating diversity into the fabric of Guardian Media Group
  • building a workforce that is fully reflective of the communityat NHS Tower Hamlets
  • unlocking diverse talent, Margaret Gildea
  • working alongside strong values and to a tight deadline at  Locog Ltd.

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ECRI report on racism and intolerance in the UK

On 2 March 2010, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published its fourth report on racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance in the UK.

ECRI’s Chair, Nils Muiznieks, pointed out positive steps in fighting discrimination, but also expressed concern that racist incidents had become more frequent, police powers were exercised in a manner that disproportionately affected minority groups; Gypsies and Travellers still faced serious discrimination; asylum seekers remained in a vulnerable position. With regards to positive developments, the legal framework for combating racism and discrimination has been strengthened. New criminal provisions on the prohibition of religious hatred have been enacted and police forces now apply a uniform definition of racist incidents. In addition, an Equality Bill has been introduced in Parliament with the aim of harmonising discrimination law and raising existing standards; it should provide similar protection against discrimination on the grounds of religion and belief to that provided on the grounds of race.

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Runnymede Perspective: ‘Conservatism and Community Cohesion’

Conservative MP Dominic Grieve wrote the first in a new series of Runnymede Perspectives that was published in January 2010.

His paper entitled ‘Conservatism and Community Cohesion’, looks at how the Conservative Party’s principles and potential policies marry with the divisive and politically charged topics of race equality and a multi-ethnic society.

The report also includes responses from academics, including Lord Bhikhu Parekh, chair of the Runnymede Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain; Montserrat Guibernau of the Queen Mary University of London; Ludi Simpson of the Cathie Marsh Centre of Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester; and Shamit Saggar of the University of Sussex.

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EC report: ‘Links between migration and discrimination’

The report ‘Links between Migration and Discrimination’ was published by the European Commission on 2 December 2009.

This report describes the links between nationality and protection from discrimination under EU and international law as well as in the domestic legal systems of the EU Member States.

Its purpose is to identify whether third-country nationals are protected, once they enter the European Union, from discrimination on grounds of nationality and from discrimination on grounds of race, ethnic origin or religion in situations where nationality is used as a proxy for these grounds.

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Fawcett report on ethnic minority women’s access to justice

The Fawcett Society published a report in February 2010 examining the experiences of ethnic minority women as workers, offenders and victims within the criminal justice system.

‘Realising Rights: increasing ethnic minority women’s access to justice’ examines how ethnic minority women fall through the gaps within a system that marginalises their needs and experiences and what can be done about it.