All items: Equality and human rights

  • Racial harassment in the workplace: five key cases

    Date:
    26 September 2016

    Ex-England and Spurs footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated abuse over a "joke" he made to a black security guard. The court fined Gascoigne and ordered him to pay £1,000 in compensation. Fiona Cuming rounds up five employment law cases involving racism in the workplace.

  • Practical steps to avoid sexual harassment in the workplace

    Date:
    5 September 2016

    A recent survey by the Trade Union Congress shows that sexual harassment in the workplace is widespread despite legislation outlawing it. Does your business have adequate safeguards in place to protect employees?

  • Discrimination risks: requirement to speak English at work and dress codes

    Date:
    1 September 2016

    The requirement to speak English at work and dress codes at work are policy areas where employers should tread carefully to avoid discrimination. Deborah Bulman, a senior associate from Burges Salmon LLP, considers recent legal controversies and gives tips on drafting employment policies.

  • Flexible working: balancing an individual's request against the impact on the rest of the workforce

    Date:
    16 August 2016

    Consultant editor Darren Newman considers a recent indirect sex discrimination case that highlights the problems that an employer can face when it has to balance the working-pattern requests of individual employees against the needs of the workforce as a whole, and its need to provide an effective service.

  • Sexual harassment at work: 10 myths busted

    Date:
    15 August 2016

    A TUC report on sexual harassment in the workplace has found that 52% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. Stephen Simpson sets the record straight on 10 myths about workplace sexual harassment.

  • Five important employment law cases in 2016… and five more to come

    Date:
    22 July 2016

    So far in 2016, there have been notable employment law cases on: holiday pay; childcare vouchers; social media at work; fraudulent sick leave; and reasonable adjustments for disabled people.

  • Brexit: four example bullying and harassment scenarios

    Date:
    11 July 2016

    Employers need to ensure that their employees do not become victims of bullying and harassment as a result of the Brexit vote. We present four examples of scenarios that might lead to claims against employers.

  • Dress codes and political, philosophical and religious neutrality

    Date:
    15 June 2016

    Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the Advocate General's recent opinion that it does not amount to direct religious discrimination for an employer with a policy of religious, philosophical and political neutrality to prevent a Muslim employee from wearing a hijab.

  • Practical ways to tackle diversity without positive action

    Date:
    14 June 2016

    The BBC made headlines with claims it was favouring candidates from certain minorities and age groups. But if diversity efforts are stalling, organisations have to make change happen.

  • Ramadan: top tips for employers

    Date:
    1 June 2016

    A four-point checklist for employers on how to support employees observing religious festivals.

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Legal guidance: HR and legal information and guidance relating to equality and human rights.