Can my employer set a dress code?

It was recently reported that Goldman Sachs no longer requires employees to wear a suit and tie. Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic has abolished a rule requiring female cabin crew to wear make-up. While this suggests a trend of employers relaxing their… Read on

Scope leads the way on disability and wellness reporting

Disability charity Scope is the first organisation to publish its internal disability and wellness report since the government published a new framework intended to support larger employers to record and report voluntarily on disability, mental health and wellbeing in the… Read on

What are protected characteristics?

The term “protected characteristics” comes from the Equality Act 2010. Understanding what the protected characteristics are is important because any discriminatory or harassing behaviour is only unlawful if it is related to a relevant protected characteristic. The definition of protected… Read on

What rights do dyslexic employees have at work?

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty which causes problems with reading, writing and spelling. Consequently, dyslexic employees may face particular challenges in the workplace. Employers need to be aware of their legal obligations and also consider going further to assist… Read on

Is my employer’s performance management procedure fair?

Performance management is important in all organisations. Employers may use performance management systems in different ways and for a variety of reasons. This can be an emotive area where staff feel they are being criticised personally and awkward for managers… Read on

Top tips for reference writers

There are numerous legal issues for employers to bear in mind when responding to reference requests.  Getting it wrong could result in legal liability for discrimination, negligence or data protection breaches. For more information on the legal issues to consider… Read on