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22 January 2020
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) has published substantial new guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work, containing detailed recommendations on steps employers should consider taking to prevent and deal with such behaviour.
04 July 2019
The Government Equalities Office has published a gender equality roadmap, which sets out proposed actions to tackle persistent gendered inequalities. This includes a number of potential changes to employment law.
Influencing for Impact – the Law Society report on the need for gender equality in the legal profession25 April 2019
2019 marks the 100 year anniversary of women having the right to qualify as solicitors and barristers (as well as serve on juries and act as magistrates).
01 April 2019
“Neurodiversity” is a relatively new term, but increasing numbers of employers are seeking to plug their skills gap by developing a more neurodiverse workplace.
Press12 February 2019
Karen Baxter, Tom Heys and Anna Bond have written an article for HR Review discussing a recent survey by Stonewall that found bi and trans inclusivity was significantly low among employers, prompting the charity’s executive director to call for more to be done to tackle this problem in the workplace.
The Court of Appeal has upheld an EAT decision that Asda’s lower-paid, predominantly female retail staff can compare themselves to higher-paid, mainly male, distribution depot staff.07 February 2019
The Court of Appeal (“CA”) decision is the latest stage in this long-running legal dispute over equal pay. Back in 2014, over 7,000 female Asda retail store workers brought claims in the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) arguing that they were entitled to equal pay with male distribution depot staff, on the basis that their work was of “equal value” to male workers.
31 January 2019
The Government has published a consultation paper on extending protection from redundancy for women during pregnancy, women who have returned to work after maternity leave, and new parents.
11 October 2018
The Supreme Court (“SC”) has ruled that a bakery did not discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation when it refused to provide a cake for a customer bearing the words “support gay marriage”. The bakery’s refusal was based on the owner’s Christian beliefs that the only form of marriage acceptable to God was between one man and one woman.
18 July 2018
In a case of huge significance for the care sector, the Court of Appeal (“CA”) has decided that care workers carrying out “sleep-in” shifts are not entitled to the national minimum wage (“NMW”) for the whole shift, but only when they are required to be awake and working.
Press08 May 2018
In an article for economia, Colin Leckey comments on gender pay gap reporting and why there are pay disparities, even for people doing similar jobs.
09 March 2018
21 February 2018
Fresh out of my first year at university and applying for a summer job at a pub, I was slightly taken aback when the interviewer asked whether I had children, in a tone that implied “no” was the right answer… Back then, with no children, I simply answered the question - but it made me wonder.
Tom Heys comments for The Economist: ‘A legal defeat for a pious prison gardener is good news for bosses’
Press09 August 2017
Tom Heys has commented in an article for The Economist discussing religious rights at work, in light of a recent case in which an individual failed in his religious discrimination claim after being disciplined for causing offence by quoting Bible passages.
17 March 2017
Laura Farnsworth and Emma Langhorn have written an article for HR review on discriminatory appearance codes in the workplace.
16 March 2017
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given its first ruling on the right to wear an Islamic headscarf at work, in two separate cases which both involved the dismissal of a Muslim employee for refusing to remove her headscarf in breach of the employer’s dress code.
06 October 2016
The first case about the amounts paid to men and women on shared parental leave has been decided by an Employment Tribunal in Glasgow.