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Transparency: key to unlocking pay inequality

It is a very British thing – to be coy about disclosing what you earn. Why? Is it about status:  you might be earning less than your mates.  Is there embarrassment for high earners about being paid so much?  Or is it just ‘the way things are’ – with no rational explanation. Lack of transparency may suit some employers who … READ MORE…

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YESS Law to work with Fawcett Society following Carrie Gracie announcement

Following today’s Carrie Gracie announcement, we are delighted to be working with the Fawcett Society to advise lower paid women on equal pay, starting later this year. The full text of the Fawcett Society press release concerning today’s Carrie Gracie announcement follows: Carrie Gracie donates BBC backdated pay to Fawcett Society to support women fighting for Equal Pay Former BBC … READ MORE…

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Hello from the new Joint-CEO

I am so pleased to have taken up the position of Joint-CEO with Emma Webster, with effect from 11th June 2018.  It is an immense privilege to take over this position from Camilla Palmer QC, and to continue the valuable work of YESS Law since it was founded in 2014.  We are fortunate to have Camilla’s continuing support and input … READ MORE…

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New Joint CEO and YESS-Mediate - a new life?

YESS is 4 years old and thriving – just the right time for a new Joint CEO, Karen Teago (starting in June), to develop it further with Emma Webster and for me to step back.  Karen will be brilliant and already has lots of exciting ideas for YESS. It will be great to help (not interfere…) if/where I can.  I … READ MORE…

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Protection for pregnant workers starts from Day 1

The European Advocate General’s opinion in the case of Porras Guisado v Bankia SA ( Case-102/16)) – includes stating that pregnancy women are protected from Day 1 even if the employer is unaware of the pregnancy – is very welcome. It is shocking that 54,000 women (1 in 9) lose their jobs each year for pregnancy or maternity leave reasons. … READ MORE…

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Managing Conflict

  Managing Conflict: resolution in the workplace & Life’s too short to litigate There will always be conflict in the workplace. Sometimes it is constructive where there are debates about ideas, workplace practices, digital developments and so on. Sometimes it is destructive where it becomes or is perceived to be bullying, harassment, discrimination, unfairness.  In a world where workers are … READ MORE…

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BBC Pay Gap Exposure : A call for women to unite

Why do we get exercised by a few high paid BBC employees whose pay has revealed such a yawning gender and race pay gap? There are so many good reasons and these have recently been articulated by those women shocked to find just how big the pay difference is between them and their male peers.    The BBC are not alone. In 2009 … READ MORE…

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Supreme Court Rules that Fees in Employment Tribunals are Unlawful

The Supreme Court has delivered a hugely significant judgment on fees in employment tribunals in the case of Unison vs Lord Chancellor today. This is a huge step towards addressing the fact that thousands of employees have been denied access to justice since the fees were introduced. Although legal aid has long been almost entirely absent from employment tribunals, the … READ MORE…

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The Power of an Apology

Why do lawyers always advise their clients never to apologise – even when there has been some mismanagement, misunderstanding or misrepresentation? Of course, an admission of liability is (generally) to be avoided but an apology does not necessarily involve an admission. YESS sees so many employees who just want an apology. Yes, they also say that money is not important, it … READ MORE…

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International Women's Day

  International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate and reflect on extraordinary women across the globe. We marvel at women’s ability to survive and stay strong in what, to us, seem like circumstances we cannot imagine surviving. I listened in awe to the story of Muzoon Almellehan this morning who, at the age of 14, championed access to education … READ MORE…

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