Changes to pension schemes discriminated against younger members

Two recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decisions highlight how pension scheme changes can put younger employees at a disadvantage and be discriminatory on the grounds of age.   Background When an employer makes changes to employees’ pension benefits it is… Read on

EAT signals that rest breaks must be at least 20 minutes

The Employee Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that, when it comes to compensatory rest periods under regulation 24(a) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR), the length of the individual break is crucial. Facts Under the WTR, when an adult… Read on

Equal pay claims hit the retail sector

It has been reported that Tesco is facing the UK’s largest ever equal pay claim with female staff chasing back pay of up to £4 billion. The latest legal challenge sees women store workers claiming parity with men who work… Read on

Are trigger points for sickness absence dismissals lawful?

The latest ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) suggests that intermittent sickness absence thresholds, which allow employers to dismiss staff once a  trigger point has been breached, are potentially discriminatory against disabled employees. Background Many employers operate sickness… Read on

Bullying at work: what can I do about it?

Often staff will not feel confident raising a bullying complaint, particularly if the alleged bully is a manager. But every employer needs to take grievances seriously; individuals should not suffer in silence and need to speak out where they think… Read on

Handling a bullying grievance: dos and dont’s for employers

Dealing with allegations of workplace bullying is always tricky for an employer because bullying can be hard to recognise and hard to define. Read our article in employment solicitor magazine on the dos and dont’s of handling a bullying grievance.… Read on

Non-disabled employee wins disability discrimination claim

An employee whose health condition did not amount to a disability has won her disability discrimination claim against her employer. The Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld an employment tribunal’s decision that a police office suffered disability discrimination when her application to… Read on

What does your employer’s gender pay report tell you?

It seems that the news is full of stories about gender pay gap reporting but This is Money asked Ben Power to explain what an employers’ gender pay report actually means for employees? Read his explanation here. There is a… Read on

The negatives of positive discrimination

Many organisations recognise that their workforces are not as diverse as they could be in order to better reflect the society they operate in. This isn’t just a case of demonstrating an employer’s PC credentials – there are recognised business… Read on

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