It has been reported that in the UK the number of women working in their 70's has doubled in the last four years and is starting to catch up with men. Official figures showed that in 2016 15.5% of men stopped work in their 70's with 11.3% of women doing the same. Worries about pensions and a desire to stay active have been credited with pushing the working ages up combined with legislation preventing age discrimination and allowing for flexible working. However, the septuagenarians still have a way to go to match Bill Dudley who at 90 years of age has become McDonald's oldest European employee.
Whether it was the removal of Muirfield from the Open Championship rota or a genuine desire for equality, the historic golf club voted in favour of admitting women members in March. A controversial vote in 2016 resulted in 64% of members voting to allow women members, not enough to meet the two thirds majority requirement. The Club has been reinstated as an Open venue.
The news that a survey by the Equality Trust has identified that bosses at FTSE 100 companies get paid 386 times more than living wage workers - with an average £5.3million annual pay packet - is perhaps not that shocking when compared to this month's other wage related story. It has been widely reported that Google have struggled to keep hold of employees after paying them too much. It seems that Google's autonomous car business has been paying staff so much that they no longer require job security and have left the company to work for other businesses. Reports suggest that this was something of a "rogue" pay structure and it has not been replaced.
One of the biggest tribunal compensation payments likely to be awarded this year was made recently in a disability discrimination case. Nicola Sinclair was forced to resign from her role as a teacher at Bishop of Llanduff Church in Wales High School after 23 years in the job after developing mental health issues. Following her resignation Mrs Sinclair was sectioned, found to be suffering from bipolar disorder, her marriage broke down and she was left living in a caravan. After finding that Ms Sinclair was constructively dismissed, that her employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments to keep her in her job and that she had been discriminated against, an award of £346,000 was made. While an award in this amount is extremely rare it does show the risks of getting it wrong in a discrimination claim when there is no cap on compensation.
Finally, a surprising reports that men are more open with emotions at work than women. The research, which involved 1,050 managers and employees, found that 60% of men would feel comfortable confiding in their bosses about personal issues such as relationship breakdowns if it was going to impact on their work whereas only 50% of women would. However, the research also showed that the majority of managers felt employees should keep these issues to themselves. Men were also more accepting of workplace relationships despite the fact that they were more likely to end up resigning than women when it turned sour.