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

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

What are your ante-natal care rights?

Ante-natal care rights entitle certain working parents to reasonable paid time off work in order to attend ante-natal appointments. The employee must be attending the appointment on the advice of a suitably qualified practitioner (doctor, registered midwife or registered nurse).… 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

Sex segregation not discriminatory

This case involves the segregation of pupils between the ages of 9 and 16 at a school, in order to reflect an Islamic ethos. Was this discriminatory? Background This was a challenge by the school to an inspection report which… Read on

Gay cake case continues

The Irish case highlighting tensions between religious conviction and equal rights has now been determined in the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland. It concerns a bakery’s refusal to make a cake carrying the message “support gay marriage”. Background The… Read on

Top tips for references

Our clients are often asking us what their obligations are when it comes to providing references for ex-employees, and here are our top tips. When providing references, employers owe various legal duties both to the new employer and to the… Read on

Ban on Islamic head scarf: direct discrimination

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has recently considered a case in France, where there was a blanket prohibition on Islamic head scarves in a company. This was found to be direct discrimination, and further, because it… Read on