Is there a legal requirement for an employer to provide a job description for each job vacancy?
Are there any circumstances in which an employer can insist on recruiting either a man or a woman?
How does a firm know if a job requires the holder to be an approved person?
Should employers always appoint the applicant with the highest level of qualifications to a post?
In what circumstances could an employer's requirements and conditions of the job lead to claims of discrimination?
In specifying the requirements for a job, what steps can an employer take to ensure that it is not liable to claims of indirect discrimination?
Can an employer stipulate an age limit for a job?
Is it permissible for an employer to specify that job applicants should have a clear spoken voice and good command of English?
Are there any circumstances in which an employer can insist on recruiting from a particular racial group?
Yes. Under para.1 of sch.9 to the Equality Act 2010, an employer
can insist on recruiting either a man or woman if an occupational requirement
applies. An occupational requirement will apply where, having regard to the
nature or context of the work, the employer applying the requirement shows that
being of a particular sex is an occupational requirement, and the application of
that requirement is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim. The
Equality and Human Rights Commission, in the Employment
statutory code of practice (PDF format, 1.09MB) (on the EHRC website) gives
the example of a unisex gym relying on an occupational requirement to employ a
changing room attendant of the same sex as the users of that room. There is also
a very specific exception concerned with employment for the purposes of an
organised religion. The burden of proving that the particular exception applies
is on the employer. Other exceptions relate to national security, service in the
armed forces and certain educational appointments.
Can an employer restrict a job to people of a particular sexual orientation?
Can an employer restrict a job to people of a particular religion or belief?
Are there any circumstances in which an employer can specify the required race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or age of job applicants?
What should an employer do when recruiting for a job that it believes will require a particular level of fitness or health?
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