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, senior employment law editor
Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have pledged to introduce ethnicity pay gap reporting if they come to power on 9 June. But how would this policy work in practice?
Updated to include information on Herry v Dudley Metropolitan Council, in which the EAT considered stress as a mental impairment, and Home Office (UK Visas & Immigration) v Kuranchie, which deals with reasonable adjustments.
Employers should commit to employing 12% more employees over the age of 50 by 2022, according to Andy Briggs, the Government's business champion for older workers.
The Liberal Democrat Party's official manifesto has been released and includes a raft of proposals around employment rights, equality and diversity, and corporate governance.
Proposed changes by the Conservatives could see people with shorter-term mental health issues protected by disability discrimination laws.
The Court of Appeal has held that the criminal record checks system is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that a requirement for a job applicant with Asperger's syndrome to complete an online multiple-choice psychometric test was indirectly discriminatory. The EAT also upheld claims for discrimination arising from disability and failure to make reasonable adjustments.
Kirsti Laird is senior associate at Charles Russell Speechlys. She rounds up the latest rulings.
The disability discrimination section of the Employment law manual has been updated to include information on cases relating to the definition of disability, harassment and discrimination arising from disability.
In this podcast, XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman considers James v Eastleigh Borough Council, concerning a man who had to pay 75p to go swimming, whereas his wife was admitted for free. Darren looks at its relevance in respect of more recent cases regarding the treatment of migrant workers.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to equality and human rights.