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So, once again politics proves itself the pre-eminent force at springing surprises. As in 2010, we have a hung parliament but, unlike seven years ago, it seems there is little prospect of a formal coalition.
With the Conservatives still the largest party but short of a working majority, this morning's speculation centres around a future minority Conservative government, propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party. We've already started analysing their manifesto to see what they proposed but one clear policy was their support for Brexit. As we have said before - the only thing that is certain in the next little while is uncertainty. Get in touch if you have questions.
From 5th April 2017, UK companies with more than 250 employees have twelve months to publish their gender pay gap. Eager journalists will be able to mine the data for best and worst figures and compare the performance of big name competitors. Most mainstream media companies themselves will also be covered by the legislation, but the extent to which their notoriously male-dominated cultures might affect editorial lines remains to be seen. Atlas Consultant, Sarah Evans, reveals how bad numbers can still create good stories and the lessons we can learn from those brands already taking the leap.
If your company employs more than 250 people, from next April you will need to take snap shot gender pay gap data that must be reported within 12 months. Given that the final regulations are not yet published its hard for even the most progressive of employers to prepare for this. Whilst working in Government as a Special Adviser, Atlas Director Vanessa Pine helped introduce pay gap reporting regulations that were designed to speed the pace of change. Read her inside story of that battle here.