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
Mencap is urging employers to use apprenticeships to increase levels of employment for people with learning disabilities.
The Government has published its first-ever list of the top 50 employers to have promoted social mobility at work.
The UK ranks 19th out of 34 countries in terms of its employment rate of older workers, according to PwC's Golden Age Index.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the employee's disability-related absence was not the effective cause of the employer's decision to make the employee redundant. Rather, the absence was part of the context in which the employer identified the opportunity to restructure its business and eliminate the employee's post.
Consultant editor Darren Newman asks if an employment tribunal was correct to hold that it was direct sex discrimination for a new father to be allowed to take only two weeks' leave on full pay, when female staff were entitled to 14 weeks' enhanced maternity pay.
An employment tribunal has held that it was direct sex discrimination for a new father whose wife had post-natal depression to be allowed to take only two weeks' leave on full pay, when female staff were entitled to 14 weeks' enhanced maternity leave.
Updated to include information on Government Legal Service v Brookes, in which the EAT held that a requirement for a job applicant with Asperger's syndrome to complete an online psychometric test was indirectly discriminatory.
Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.
Updated to include information on Gareddu v London Underground Ltd, in which the EAT considered the issue of time off to attend religious festivals.
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?
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