The report is based on the context of maintaining equality in the workplace of the various organisations across the globe. The entire report focuses on the article published in the BBC news regarding the statistics of the differentials between the pay of male and female employees in the workplace of the organisations operating in the United Kingdom. The report focuses on some of the legislations which have been established in the society to ensure the maintenance of equality and diversity in the workplace of the organisations (Kirton, 2010). The presence of inequality causes the employees to be treated differently based on a number of factors. In some cases, the gender of the employees becomes one of the factors which causes the employees to be treated differently by the management of the organisation. In this report, we focus on such situations in which the employees in the workplace of the organisations are treated in different way and also given different number of opportunities. There are a number of legislations established in the United Kingdom and Europe which forces the organisations to maintain diversity and equality in the workplace of the organisations, which in turn allows the employees of the organisation to have an effective and efficient workplace of complete various business functions assigned to them. The equality act of 2010 implemented in the United Kingdom requires the management of the organisations operating in the country to maintain equality and diversity in the workplace for the employees. This law for equality is based on a number of previous laws such as the sex discrimination act of 2002 (Mullins, 2007). The provided case could be related to the gender equality law established in Europe which has received updates in the year of 2013. This law forces the organisations operating in the country of Europe to treat the employees in equal way in terms of the salaries, bonuses, behaviours, facilities, benefits, rights and responsibilities. We will go into a deeper level of these amendments to analyse the situation in the small to medium size organisation regarding the differences between the pay grades and bonuses on the male and female employees. In the process of analysing and solving the situation in the small to medium size organisation provided to us, the report will further analyse the various amendments for maintaining diversity and equality in the workplace of the organisations operating in the United Kingdom (Pynes, 2008).
The Equal Pay Act was one of the first legislations of the government of the United Kingdom against the differential behaviour to the male and female employees in terms of payment, bonus or employment conditions. The act was established in the year of 1970 against the differences present in the workplace of the organisations operating at that time in the markets of the United Kingdom (Shen, 2009). The Equal Pay Act of 1970 has received a number of updates over the years and has been superseded by the Equality Act of 2010, which requires all the organisations operating in the United Kingdom to gain and maintain the diversity in the workplace of the organisation. This diversity in the workplace of the organisations operating in the United Kingdom results by treating all the employees in similar and equal way in terms of various concepts of employment, which in turn allows all the employees to feel equal in terms of a number of factors. The significance of the Equal Pay Act of 1970 and various updates it received along with time can be defined in terms of the features and rights provided to the employees of the organisation in the situations of being treated differently. The various updates of this act along with it allow the employees to claim against the management of an organisation or the supervisors in the organisation based on a number of factors. The presence of a number of these factors and situations allows the employees to claim against this act. Some of these conditions and situations are mentioned in this section according to the actual content of the Equal Pay Act of 1970 (Stevens, 2008).
The previous section of the report focused on the legal obligations of the organisations operating in the industries of the United Kingdom to maintain diversity and equality in the workplace. But the responsibilities of the organisations to gain and maintain diversity and equality in the workplace of the organisation should not be just a legal obligations to the management of the organisation. This section focuses on the responsibilities of the organisations to maintain diversity and equality in the workplace as the ethical obligation. The business ethics is defined as the framework which allows the management of the organisation to maintain the quality of the business processes in the workplace (Zanoni, 2010). According to the implemented framework of business ethics, the management of the organisations develop and implement a number of strategies and guidelines which allow them to gain and maintain equality in the workplace. The implementation of the business ethics allows the employees in the organisation to feel more confident and involved in the business model of the organisation. These guidelines and best practices developed by the organisations and various other regulatory bodies in the societies across the operating countries require the management of the organisation to gain and maintain equality in the workplace of the organisation. So the maintenance of diversity and equality in the workplace of the organisation is also an ethical obligation of the management of the organisation (Freeman, 2010).
There are a number of factors which causes the differences in the payment to the male and female employees in the workplace of the organisation.
There are a number of initiatives in the industries of the United Kingdom which aims at addressing the gender gap in the industries across the country.
The presence of inequality causes the employees to be treated differently based on a number of factors. In some cases, the gender of the employees becomes one of the factors which causes the employees to be treated differently by the management of the organisation. In this report, we focus on such situations in which the employees in the workplace of the organisations are treated in different way and also given different number of opportunities (Bateman, 2011). The report included a number of legislations established in the United Kingdom and Europe which forces the organisations to maintain diversity and equality in the workplace of the organisations, which in turn allows the employees of the organisation to have an effective and efficient workplace of complete various business functions assigned to them. The entire report allowed us to analyse and understand the concepts related to the equality and diversity in the workplace of the organisations operating across the country of the United Kingdom. This allows us to look into the issue present in the small to medium sized organisation for which I am appointed as the human resource manager. The next section of the report includes a number of recommendations which allow the management of the organisation to maintain diversity and equality in the workplace of the organisation (Avery, 2007).
This section of the report mentions a number of recommendations which allow the management of the organisation to maintain diversity and equality in the workplace of the organisation.
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