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

Can my employer tell me what to wear?

It was recently reported that Goldman Sachs is no longer requiring staff to wear a suit and tie and that Virgin Atlantic had abolished a rule requiring female cabin crew to wear make-up. While this suggests a trend of employers… 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