Direct discrimination | What employers need to know

It may seem obvious to say that employers can’t discriminate against their staff, but employment law makes a distinction between indirect and direct discrimination – both of which may be unlawful. So what’s the difference? In this article, we take a look at direct discrimination, including the legal definition, some practical examples, and whether or […]

DISMISSAL | Fired because of politics?

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Given the current political climate, talk can often turn to politics. This can create healthy debate, or it can lead to fiery arguments. So what can employers do to ensure that politics doesn’t cause problems in the workplace?  Grievances As tempting as it may be to ban people from talking about highly divisive topics, such […]

LGBT | Creating an inclusive workplace

Surveys have shown that some workers feel it’s necessary to conceal the fact that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). This is because they are scared of workplace discrimination. Other workers have admitted that they have been physically attacked by a colleague or a customer due to being LGBT; are subject to appropriate […]

OLDER WORKERS | The Key to Business Success

Are you one of the many employers missing out on talent because you are overlooking older workers? Last month, the Women and Equalities Committee published a report which highlighted that over one million people over the age of 50 are out of employment but are willing to work as a result of discrimination, bias and […]

EID AL-ADHA | How to deal with employee requests

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This week Muslims all around the country will be celebrating Eid al-Adha. This is considered one of the most significant festivals in the Islamic calendar. Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it is a time to visit loved ones, eat with the family, exchange gifts and pray. The event runs for four days so employers […]

EMPLOYER FAQs | Recruitment

When employers are making selection and recruitment decisions, they need to make sure that they are not falling foul of equality laws. Our Employment Law Advisers answer some of the questions frequently asked by employers. Is it lawful for an employer to require a job applicant to be of a particular sex? Only in very […]

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL | Philosophical belief discrimination

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An interesting case regarding the refusal to sign an agreement because of a philosophical belief has been put before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT). What are the facts of the case? Ms Gray worked for Mulberry, a well-known fashion and design company. She was asked to sign a standard copyright agreement, which gave her employer the […]

HR INFO | Tackling age discrimination

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Employers need to recruit and retain an age-diverse workforce, but to their detriment, age discrimination remains widespread in workplaces. According to the findings of a report published by the Women and Equalities Committee, over one million people over the age of 50 are out of work but are willing to do so. This is as […]

EMPLOYER’S GUIDE | Health and Disability in recruitment

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The Equality Act is very strict on what health or disability questions employers can ask during the recruitment process. As a general principle, it is not permissible for an employer to ask a job applicant any questions about their health or disability until they have been offered a job. However, in very specific circumstances, you […]

HR Guide | Supporting employees with dyslexia

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What do employers do if an employee informs them they are dyslexic? Despite that the fact that the NHS reckons that up to 1 in every 10 to 20 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia, some employers seem to be in the dark about what this condition entails and how it affects […]