New Equality Act – 5 essential tips

With the Equality Act 2010 came some important new rules about discrimination. While best practice remained broadly the same as before, and the act meant to streamline the existing law, there were some important changes. These are important, because there… Read on

Strikes – the law in 6 nutshells

Here are the basics of this interesting area of law, plus recent proposals for change. Some employees are banned from striking altogether. Armed service personnel, police and prison officers cannot go out on strike, but other public service workers can.… Read on

Staff handbooks, and what to include in them

Some staff policies are required by law. Some can be very effective in avoiding legal problems, and, a third category can be very helpful in setting out the standards of behaviour you expect of your staff. We do usually not… Read on

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

Pimlico Plumbers: decision explained here

Hot on the heels of the decision in CitySprint that bicycle couriers were ‘workers’ entitled to holiday pay, and the decision in Uber regarding drivers, the Court of Appeal has affirmed in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Mullins… 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