New appointments to the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes

The FSA has appointed Dr Camilla Pease as an expert member in toxicology and Ms Claire Nicholson as a consumer affairs representative. Both appointments are for a three-year term of membership from February 2013. The ACNFP is a non-statutory, independent body of scientific experts that advises the FSA on any matters relating to novel foods (including genetically modified… Read More »

EU Women on Boards proposal given the green light.

The European Commission’s proposal to improve gender balance on company boards based on merit has today (16th January 2013) been given the green light by a majority of national parliaments under the EU’s ‘subsidiarity complaint procedure’ (introduced by the Lisbon Treaty) to vet draft European legislation.  National parliaments had eight weeks from when the Commission proposed a 40%… Read More »

Accenture tops Stonewall’s 2013 list of gay-friendly employers

Stonewall today (16th January 2013) published its Top 100 Employers 2013, showcasing Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. Accenture tops the list; in second place is Gentoo and the Co-operative comes third. This is the first year that a mutual retailer has entered the top 10 and Gentoo has reached the highest ever position for… Read More »

EHRC publishes guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guidance yesterday (15th January 2012) on the public sector equality duty  under the Equality Act, which will help public authorities encourage good relations, promote equality and eliminate discrimination in the workplace and in delivering public services. The Equality Act 2010, consolidates protection against discrimination on the grounds of age,… Read More »

New Board for Equality and Human Rights Commission

A new board for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been announced today (14th January 2013) by the Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller.  At the same time, Mrs Miller has announced the Commission’s indicative  (much reduced) EHRC budget for the next two years. The EHRC has been going through a significant period of reform… Read More »

Chief Executive appointed to the Competition & Markets Authority

Alex Chisholm was yesterday (8th January 2013)  appointed the new Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority by the Business Secretary Vince Cable. Alex Chisholm will take up his five year appointment on 25 March 2013 and will be paid £190,000 per annum. As a single, streamlined authority, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will drive competition policy.… Read More »