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 […]

£75,000 compensation for reasonable adjustments mess up

health and safety fines

An employee has been awarded nearly £75,300 in compensation after their employer failed to make reasonable adjustments. As this employer found out, making mistakes when dealing with reasonable adjustments can mean you end up with some very costly consequences! The law There is a legal duty under the Equality Act to make reasonable adjustments for […]

Reasonable adjustments in the workplace

reasonable adjustments in the workplace

Are you familiar with the term ‘reasonable adjustments’? If not, it’s time to get well acquainted with the topic to avoid running the risk of disability discrimination claims at an Employment Tribunal. And if you already have some knowledge, there are still many opportunities to get caught out even if your intentions are good. What […]

Asda loses equal pay appeal

Asda offers pay rise in exchange for flexibility

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld the equal pay ruling made last October against supermarket giant, Asda. The EAT confirmed that roles on the shop floor can compare to those performed by men in distribution centres and has dismissed Asda’s appeal. Background to the case At Asda, workers at the checkouts or who stack shelves […]

Calls for employers to report on racial profile

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Black and ethnic minority people are at a disadvantage in the workplace according to a government-backed review. Conservative peer and businesswoman Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, who undertook the review, is now calling for employers to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace by publishing a breakdown of their workforce by race and pay. The review revealed: […]

Are dress codes at work sexist?

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This week, gender discrimination has taken centre stage. Hundreds of marches took place this weekend and now two committees, the Women and Equalities Commission and the Petitions Commission, are calling for a review of the law to ensure employees are protected from discriminatory dress codes at work. The Parliamentary inquiry was launched after a petition […]

Direct discrimination – know the law

Employers cannot discriminate on the basis of the ‘protected characteristics’ specified in the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. You may think it’s obvious, but do you know what direct discrimination is? Do you know […]

Employment tribunals and cases in 2017

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We look at four key cases that the employment tribunals and courts will be considering in 2017 and which employers and HR professionals need to watch out for. 1  Equal Pay 2017 will also give us the next chapter with Asda’s equal pay dispute. An Employment Tribunal gave thousands of women who work at the […]

Workers take action against Tesco bean counters

Workers are taking action against Tesco

It has not been a good few days for retailers. Firstly, an Employment Tribunal gives the green light to thousands of women who work at Asda stores to proceed with equal pay claims. Now, workers at Tesco are claiming that they have been discriminated against on the basis of age and sex after their pay […]

Retailer faces £100m bill in equal pay dispute

Equal Pay

Retail giant Asda is faced with a potential £100m bill in an equal pay dispute that sounds a warning to employers. An Employment Tribunal has given thousands of women who work at the retailer’s stores the right to proceed with equal pay claims. The stakes are high for the supermarket giant as it is believed […]