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The House of Lords EU Sub Committee on Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment has launched a new inquiry to investigate the case for diversity on boards.

In March this year, European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding launched a consultation seeking views on action at an EU-level to increase the number of women on the boards of companies, including legislative measures such as introducing quotas.

The Supreme Court has handed down its judgments in two cases concerning age discrimination - Homer v West Yorkshire Police, and Seldon v Clarkson, Wright and Jakes.

Britain has significantly higher unemployment among black people and the young than America because de-industrialisation and a flexible labour market have created a more unequal society, research says.

There is little evidence of UK employers taking proactive steps to engage and retain older workers, according to new research conducted by Cranfield School of Management and Nottingham Business School for Acas, the employment relations expert.

A European Commission (EC) report has shown that limited progress towards increasing the number of women on company boards has been achieved one year after EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called for credible self-regulatory measures.

Despite commitment from the EU to improve the number of women on executive boards, data issued by Mercer has shown that women continue to be under-represented in senior executive and management positions across Europe.

Recent research has found that UK employees want their organisations to employ more female managers.

Employers' Forum on Disability (EFD) has launched the new Disability Standard. The Disability Standard is an online management tool and benchmark which enables business to measure and improve on performance for disabled customers, clients or service users, employees and stakeholders.

A new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) shows a continuing trend of women being passed over for top jobs in Britain. More than 5,400 women are missing from Britain’s 26,000 most powerful posts.

New research has revealed that women are increasingly breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ and have increasing employment opportunities, particularly in terms of career advancement and remuneration. However, it warns that barriers still remain.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has applied to intervene in four cases at the European Court of Human Rights, all involving religious discrimination in the workplace, claiming that Judges have interpreted the law too narrowly in religion or belief discrimination claims.

Key government achievements in advancing gender equality and eliminating discrimination against women have been highlighted in a new report to the UN.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, has announced that the salary gap between women and men in most European countries is between 15% and 20% and there are some countries with an even sharper difference.

Almost three-quarters of women (73%) believe the glass ceiling exists and say there are still barriers for women looking to be appointed to senior management and board level positions in the UK, according to research by the Institute of Leadership & Management. In contrast, just 38% of men believe there is a glass ceiling.