Caste discrimination consultation launched

Government consultation

The government has launched a consultation on caste discrimination. Back in September, we reported that the government had announced that it would conduct a consultation on the issue of caste discrimination and the Equality Act, but a date was never set. Now the consultation process has started and will run for 16 weeks, ending on […]

Public Consultation on Caste Discrimination

The government has announced that it will carry out a public 12 week consultation on the subject of caste discrimination and the Equality Act 2010. At present, caste discrimination, a social hierarchy rooted primarily in Hindu society, is not expressly prohibited by discrimination legislation. Employment Tribunals have taken the approach that a claim for discrimination […]

Be A Good Sport

Redundancy Plan

Sports Direct have been in the news a lot over the past year or so regarding their employment practices. Recent reports surrounding the redundancy of around 200 staff at its fashion arm, USC, suggest that this is unlikely to change any time soon. There are a number of steps which must be taken when considering […]

Consultation – When, Not If

Redundancy consultation

It’s all go in the world of collective redundancy consultation. Following on from the European Woolworths decision in May (reported here), there has been a further case concerning when the obligation to collectively consult may be triggered. As mentioned in our Woolworths report, if an employer is proposing to make 20 or more employees redundant […]

Woolly Legislation

For the last two years there has been uncertainty for employers as to what their obligations are when considering making 20 or more redundancies within their business. Up until May 2013, the position was relatively straight forward – if an employer was proposing to make 20 or more employees redundant at one site (or “establishment”) […]

Micro-Businesses Obligations

31st July saw the last of the 2014 TUPE changes come into force. Now, micro-businesses (those with fewer than ten employees) are able to inform and consult employees directly where there are no existing appropriate representatives. This sensible reform greatly reduces the burden on small business owners. Whilst this is a welcome improvement, we are […]

Consulting on Health & Safety

Employers have a legal responsibility to consult all of their employees on health and safety matters. Not only can this be very important in creating and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment and reducing the number of accidents and work-related illnesses, it can also result in more motivated employees. This month’s article discusses the […]