Colour-blind ban discriminatory against men?

Police Scotland has accepted that it needs to reverse its ban on recruiting colour-blind trainees. This is in the face of Employment Tribunal proceedings alleging that this disadvantaged more men when compared to women; the reason being that more men… Read on

Obesity a disability?

Does obesity qualify as a disability? This would of course mean that employers would have to provide ‘reasonable adjustments’ such as large chairs, desks, altered duties etc. According to the Advocate of General in Kaltoft v. Billund Municipality, the… Read on

Football referee an employee?

Should a football referee be considered an employee under the Employment Rights Act 1996? No, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in the recent case of Conroy v the Scottish Football Association. Background In this case Mr Conroy, the… Read on

Wrong tone in employer’s letter leads to unfair dismissal

Could an invitation to a capability meeting, which was mistakenly referred to as a disciplinary hearing, give rise to unfair dismissal and discrimination? Yes it can mean unfair dismissal, according to the Employment Appeal Tribunal in CRI-v-Lawrence. In itself, it… Read on

The duty of good faith – how far can it go?

Could an employer be legally bound by a broad statement that they would make no further changes to their pension scheme, even though this was not written into a contract? Yes, where this leads to a reasonable expectation on the… Read on

What is whistle-blowing?

‘Whistle-blowing’ is making a ‘public interest disclosure’. UK law protects workers from being badly treated because they ‘blow the whistle’ on wrong-doing within their employer’s organisation. Not everyone who alleges that their employer has done something wrong is protected in… Read on

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