Volunteers not protected by discrimination law

The Court of Appeal has decided that a (CAB) volunteer was not covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. This applies equally to the scope of the Equality Act 2010, which has replaced it. The judgment has brought relief to… Read on

Relaunching pub as less ‘gay’ discrimination

It has always been possible for people who are not gay to bring sexual orientation discrimination claims. For instance, where a heterosexual is discriminated against because they have gay friends. The law can also cover instructions to discriminate against customers.… Read on

Discrimination to save money potentially lawfull

Would it be lawful or unlawful to dismiss an employee at the age of 49 simply to save a large pension bill of up to £1m accruing after their 50th birthday? On the face of it, this would amount to… Read on

What does discrimination mean?

Discrimination, in legal terms, refers to a wide range of protection provided to workers against discrimination on grounds of sex, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status. These are referred to as ‘protected characteristics’. Most… Read on

Unfair dismissal fact sheet

Our latest fact sheet looks at unfair dismissal. Our series of factsheets is intended to cover topics which individuals may find of particular interest or, which are universally relevant but tricky to navigate.  Our aim is to give basic facts… Read on

Bank holidays: bonus or booby prize?

We have just celebrated St. George’s Day in England and Jeremy Corbyn has promised to introduce a  new bank holiday to celebrate it, if he wins the next election. But just what are workers’ rights when it comes to bank… Read on

Redundancy fact sheet

Our latest fact sheet looks at redundancy. Our series of factsheets is intended to cover topics which individuals may find of particular interest or, which are universally relevant but tricky to navigate.  Our aim is to give basic facts about… Read on

Gender pay deadline: the figures are in!

4 April 2018 was the deadline for large private and voluntary sector employers (with 250 or more employees) to publish their gender pay gap figures on the government’s dedicated website.  Around 1,500 employers missed the deadline and over 1,000 added… Read on