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What does gender pay gap tell us about society?

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 25th April 2018. Revised 25th March 2020.10 min read

We know that men and women must be paid equally for jobs of equal value so we can assume that pay discrimination is not the explanation for the recently reported gender pay gaps in most organisations. Our analysis suggests that the cause is something much, much deeper. Deep in society. And no amount of castigating employers will fix it. As a society, universally, women are paid less than men. And we have to fix the attitudes that cause this - in the family, schools and society as a whole.

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Employed under whose jurisdiction?

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

UK firms cannot employ workers in other countries under UK law. Employment law and regulations are very different abroad. Firms wanting to employ staff abroad need to get specialist help. Here are some of the issues.

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Every Person Under Contract

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

Every person associated with a firm should be under some contract or other. Employees will have employment contracts. Sub-contractors will have sub-contract contracts. And self-employed must be under contract too. Even those working through agencies must have a relationship with the principal. Here's why and how.

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Settlement Agreements

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.2 min read

Sometimes situations occur in the workplace where, despite using management effort to attempt to resolve issues, the organisation decides that ending the employment is the best way forward. Settlement agreements, previously referred to as compromise agreements, are used in this situation.

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It's easier to settle than manage

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 23rd April 2019. Revised 25th March 2020.7 min read

Entrepreneurs and leaders must become managers and embrace management when they want to achieve something - when, metaphorically, they want to build ‘great big ships’. They must work with their people and help them excel, not demand performance and dismiss when that does not follow, or the relationship otherwise sours. Here's why - but take care, some managers may find that the truth in this offends.

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Managing restrictive covenants

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

So what happens when someone jumps ship to a competitor and has a restrictive covenant in their contract of employment? Restrictive covenants bind employee to neither solicit, compete, deal nor poach. Restrictive covenants are difficult to enforce, involving complex discussions and communications. Read here how to proceed.

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