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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, acting employment law managing editor
Updated to include information on Walker v Innospec Ltd and others, in which the Supreme Court considered entitlement to pension benefits for same-sex partners.
The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal's decision and held that civil partners and same-sex spouses are entitled to pension benefits accrued before the introduction of civil partnerships on 5 December 2005.
Updated to include information on the workforce disability equality standard to be included in the NHS standard contract from April 2018.
We provide a mid-year round-up of key employment law cases in 2017.
The employment tribunal held that the dismissal of a disabled employee on a final written attendance warning following an absence unrelated to her disabilities constituted discrimination arising from disability.
The employment tribunal held that the claimant's former employer committed discrimination arising from disability after providing details of his sickness absence levels to a prospective employer and stating that it would not re-employ him.
In July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. To mark the 50th anniversary of this seminal moment in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, we highlight some of the key milestones for workplace protection against sexual orientation discrimination.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that, in assessing the employer's justification defence, the tribunal had failed to adopt a holistic approach and consider an age-related cap on redundancy payments within the broader context.
The Government consults on caste discrimination.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is in the spotlight after widespread publicity of claims by a former employee at technology firm Uber. Adam Grant and Jemma Pugh at legal firm Wedlake Bell LLP say the development is a warning for employers to take action.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to equality and human rights.