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100 Years of Voting

Tuesday this week marked the 100th anniversary of some British women gaining the right to exercise their democratic right to vote in the UK. 

Whilst there is much to celebrate in terms of women’s progress in this country in the last century, sex discrimination in the workplace and beyond continues. The Fawcett Society has published a Sex Discrimination Law Review, which examines whether sex discrimination law in the UK is fit for purpose. The report serves as a timely reminder of what employers can do to avoid discrimination in the workplace. 

The Society has made a number of recommendations to address these ongoing difficulties, for example:

  • Mandatory equal pay audits for employers of 250 or more;
  • Civil penalties for non-compliance with gender pay gap reporting; 
  • The removal of the qualifying period for Statutory Maternity Pay;
  • A right to reasonable time off and facilities for breastfeeding; and
  • Extending paternity leave to six weeks, paid at 90% of earnings, to be taken any time in the year after the baby is born.

As this milestone anniversary is commemorated, women all over the world are still facing a lack of political representation, as well as other social and economic inequalities. We are hopeful that both the women’s suffrage movement and the current #MeToo and Time’s Up movements which have taken on global dimensions can help to slowly erode that attitude by continuing to fly the flag for equality and enhancing existing rights for women.

A century on, the words of Emmeline Pankhurst remain strikingly relevant: “We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.”

If you need help and advice regarding gender equality within the workplace, please do not hesitate to contact me or the employment team on 0113 350 4030 or at hello@scesolicitors.co.uk.  

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and dispute resolution practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide.  Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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