Equality & Diversity
An employee says she was racially harassed by a senior manager, and submits a lengthy grievance. An ex-employee brings an Employment Tribunal claim, saying he was forced to resign by a colleague who told him his sexual orientation offended his religion.
Your Board asks whether you have conducted an equal pay audit, and if not whether you should. You need to overhaul your diversity policies and training programmes.
Who do you turn to?
Our team has unrivalled strength in depth in advising on all issues related to equality and diversity, which include some of the most important and challenging on the HR and legal agenda today. These include:
- Employment Tribunal litigation for discrimination based on sex (including equal pay), pregnancy / maternity, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or gender reassignment, and associated claims for harassment and victimisation
- Advice on any issue with an equality / diversity angle, such as handling the exit of a persistent poor performer with a suspected disability, complex grievances, and redundancy dismissals impacting maternity leavers
- Advice on “family friendly” matters: policies on maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay; requests for flexible working; time off for dependants; and issues around surrogacy and IVF
- Equal pay is gaining a higher profile, as Tribunals have new powers to order equal pay audits, and mandatory gender pay gap reporting comes into effect. In addition to our experience in dealing with complex equal pay disputes, we help clients conduct equal pay reviews and audits and manage the associated (and significant) legal risks, and can assist in complying with pay gap reporting obligations
- Our dedicated training team is experienced in conducting manager training on equal opportunities, diversity, family rights and flexible working, and training for all staff on their equality obligations. This can have an exclusively UK focus, or where desired we can make this relevant for cross-border workforces
Face coverings and the workplace01 October 2020
This article sets out our updated analysis of the current rules regarding face coverings at work and some of the practical issues that arise for employers.
Employment law and non-binary people: what employers need to know15 September 2020
In this article, we discuss the current position under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Equality Act 2010 and suggest some practical steps employers can take to support employees of all genders.
Menopause and work09 September 2020
Women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group in the workforce. As more employees go through the menopause during their working lives, employers need to be aware of the impact in the workplace.
Positive action speaks louder than words - five principles for employers02 September 2020
This article explores the legal limits of positive action in the workplace, including the situations where it is permissible to give preferences on gender or ethnicity grounds to make up for historic lack of opportunity, and what employers can and cannot do to improve diversity in their shortlists or hiring slates.
Flexible working post Covid-19 - sea change or nothing new?13 August 2020
The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown has caused millions to work from home for the first time - an experience likely to cause a surge in requests for flexible working arrangements once most employees are asked to return to the workplace. This article considers the legal position and the practicalities for employers in dealing with flexible working requests.
Could Black Lives Matter speed up the introduction of ethnicity pay reporting? Rachel Ward and Tom Heys write for People Management14 July 2020
Rachel Ward and Tom Heys explore whether the renewed pressure to remove societal injustice faced by BAME people could finally mean clarity on this area of legislation.
Lewis Silkin announces pronoun initiative in support of LGBT+ community30 June 2020
Ethnicity pay reporting – will the government now act?11 June 2020
The tragic and brutal killing of George Floyd has led to widespread outrage and Black Lives Matter protests across the globe. Governments are facing pressure to remove societal injustice faced by BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) people. Could this mean we will finally get clarity in the UK on ethnicity pay reporting?