How to prevent unconscious bias when recruiting

Whether we realise it or not, our life experiences, upbringing, background and culture all shape our personal outlook and views of other people. In employment, these innate biases can unwittingly influence recruitment decisions. Get your FREE consultation Unconscious bias is a real and insidious issue that affects not only employees and job seekers but employers, […]

Flexible furlough guidance published | 7 key points for employers

COVID-19 advice The information in this blog is correct as at 18 June 2020. For the most up-to-date Employment Law and Health & Safety advice to support your organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Coronavirus Advice Hub, which is updated daily and contains a variety of free guidance notes, letter templates, checklists, risk assessments and […]

Redundancy | Frequently Asked Questions

1. If someone is made redundant, can they be replaced? Employers should proceed with caution when considering replacing any staff who have been made redundant. After all, to make somebody redundant implies that their role was no longer required, and deciding to hire somebody else in this position provides clear evidence that this was not […]

International Women’s Day | How greater gender balance “enables” businesses

This year, International Women’s Day centers around the theme “An equal world is an enabled world”. In business, this is a message that’s been proven to be true time and time again. Numerous studies have linked a gender-balanced workforce to better organisational results. Not only does research indicate that companies with greater gender diversity in […]

Why are employers losing the battle against bullying?

With the government rocked by allegations of bullying against Home Secretary Priti Patel, employers are faced with a difficult question: are we overlooking similar behaviour in our workplace? More synonymous with school playgrounds, bullying at work is all too often disregarded. In actual fact, according to an illuminating report by CIPD, 15% of workers have […]

Supporting vegan employees | Practical tips and legal considerations

Veganism is on the rise. With meat-free alternatives now occupying a much larger space on supermarket shelves, and a recent influx of fast food companies launching vegan options, there is an expectation for workplaces to follow suit. However, if you’re not vegan yourself, understanding how best to accommodate employees who are can be a bit […]

Court rules disability must be established at the time of “discriminatory” acts

Mental health conditions can be debilitating, impacting all aspects of a person’s life, including their ability to work. For employers, dealing with the operational consequences can be difficult, and if the employee’s condition qualifies as a disability, there’s also potential for legal action. In 2019, the average award for disability discrimination was £28,371 – higher […]

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 […]