Gender pay gap reporting: what are your obligations?

Gender pay gap reporting obligations have finally arrived. For private sector employers, 5 April 2017 is the first “snapshot” date, against which the pay equality data will need to be provided. So, what exactly are the reporting obligations? Timings The… Read on

Dads face work/life balance prejudice

Research by the University of Plymouth shows that fathers face more objections when looking to improve their work/life balance. The research studied responses of around 100 managers who were asked to assess for jobs fictitious applicants who were equal, apart… Read on

Religious belief discrimination case

We report on a case where it was held not to be indirect discrimination on grounds of religion or belief for an employee to be refused holiday to attend religious festivals. Background The Claimant in this case, Mr Gareddu, claimed… Read on

MPs demand maternity law shake up

The call of the Women and Equalities Committee for greater rights for new mothers and mothers to be is biting in its criticism of the current situation and wide ranging in its demands. In the report, the Committee condemns the… Read on

Wheelchair on bus case: employment law significance

You will all be aware of the Supreme Court telling FirstGroup Plc that it must instruct its drivers to “require and pressurise” bus users who are blocking spaces allocated to wheelchair users to move out of the way. The Supreme… Read on

Type 2 Diabetes and Disability

Can having Type 2 Diabetes amount to a disability even though it has not yet fully manifested itself and/or lifestyle changes may stop it progressing? Background The short answer is ‘yes’. In this case (Taylor v. Ladbrokes) the EAT had… Read on

High heels and dress codes

The Parliamentary Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee have responded to a petition signed by more than 150,000 people by publishing a joint report “High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes”. The petition demanded that such requirements be made… Read on

Subway – autistic agency employee – discrimination

A Subway sandwich store employment agency has recently been found guilty of discriminating against an autistic employee, and has suffered a £15,484 Tribunal award. Background The employer in this case was Regal Consultancy Limited, who supplies staff to Subway stores… Read on

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics are personal characteristics which are protected by discrimination law. The following characteristics are protected: Sex Race Disability Age Religion or belief Sexual orientation Transgender status To find out more about how these protected characteristics can give rise to… Read on