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
In this well-publicised case, easyJet's refusal to limit the shift lengths of two cabin crew who were breastfeeding led to awards for indirect sex discrimination totalling almost £35,000.
What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments for employers this year.
Updated to reflect the latest gender pay gap figures, as reported in the Annual survey of hours and earnings 2016.
Updated to include information on the language requirements for public-sector workers in customer-facing roles, which came into effect on 21 November 2016.
We recap on the traditional guidance for employers on misconduct at the work Christmas party. We also examine issues employers might face this Christmas around attendance and absence.
Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.
This employment tribunal held that a bus company's decision to dismiss a disabled employee amounted to discrimination arising from disability. The justification defence failed because the tribunal found that there were a number of other options available that would have amounted to a less discriminatory means of achieving a safe place of work.
Updated to include information on Jeffery v The British Council, in which the EAT identified the main factors that connected an expatriate employee working in Bangladesh to Great Britain and British employment law.
In Appleby v The Governing Body of Colburn Community Primary School and another EAT/0334/15, the EAT upheld an employment tribunal decision that it was not a breach of disability discrimination laws to require a teacher with narcolepsy and mental health problems to be at work for 8.45am, when she had asked for 15 minutes' leeway to arrive by 9am.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to equality and human rights.