Equality and human rights

Bar Huberman Editor's message: As an employer you need to be aware of the laws that protect employees against discrimination and provide protection for human rights; successful discrimination claims often result in large awards against the employer.

We guide employers through their duties under the Equality Act 2010, including how the law differs for particular protected characteristics. For example, age differs from the other protected characteristics in that direct age discrimination can potentially be justified; and the law on disability discrimination includes the unique concepts of discrimination arising from disability and the duty to make reasonable adjustments. We also provide guidance on how the European Convention on Human Rights has an impact on private-sector and public-sector employers.

As well as explaining employers' legal obligations, our resources give practical guidance on good practice in encouraging an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Bar Huberman, employment law editor

New and updated

  • Transgender employees

    Type:
    Good practice manual

    Updated to reflect current terminology, include recent research and provide additional guidance on creating an inclusive workplace for transgender employees.

  • Podcast: Justifying indirect discrimination

    Date:
    24 February 2017
    Type:
    Audio and video

    In this week's podcast, we explore the steps that you can take to reduce the risk of having an indirectly discriminatory provision, criterion or practice. We also discuss what to take into account when deciding whether or not indirect discrimination can be justified.

  • Dads face negative bias in quest for work-life balance

    Date:
    22 February 2017
    Type:
    News

    Fathers face a negative bias when seeking a better work-life balance or applying for part-time employment, a new study suggests.

  • Religious holidays contract clause

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include information on Gareddu v London Underground Ltd, affirming that an employer was entitled to turn down an employee’s request for a long period of time off for religious festivals.

  • Religious holidays policy

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Updated to include information on Gareddu v London Underground Ltd, affirming that an employer was entitled to turn down an employee’s request for a long period of time off for religious festivals.

  • Date:
    17 February 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    When receptionist Nicola Thorp was sent home from an assignment for wearing flat shoes it created a flurry of debate and a subsequent parliamentary inquiry. Now the results of the inquiry have been published, what does this mean for employers who operate uniform or dress code policies?

  • Firefighters lose pension age discrimination case

    Date:
    16 February 2017
    Type:
    News

    Firefighters have lost their claim that the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters' Pension Scheme was discriminatory.

  • Date:
    15 February 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    No matter who the employer is and how much scrutiny they are under, calculating bonuses can be problematic. We round up five employment law cases where the employer made a bonus mistake.

  • Religious festivals: no discrimination over rejection of request for five weeks' holiday

    Date:
    8 February 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld an employment tribunal decision that the claimant's assertion that his beliefs required him to take a block of five weeks' leave to attend religious festivals was not genuine.

  • Disability discrimination

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd, a personal injury case that may have implications for discriminatory behaviour by employees towards colleagues or third parties.