Commentary and insights

All items: Equality, diversity and human rights

  • HR talking point: Developing case law on expressing gender-critical beliefs at work

    Date:
    10 August 2022

    Two recent high-profile rulings have something important to say about direct religion or belief discrimination. However, both deal with a controversial topic - how an employer should deal with an employee who does not accept its approach to trans rights - so it is easy to miss that lying behind the controversy an important legal principle is being fought over, says consultant editor Darren Newman.

  • Supporting Muslims during Eid: Five employer questions

    Date:
    7 July 2022

    With the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha expected to fall this weekend (9-10 July), many Muslim employees will be preparing for the celebrations. Sabah Ahmedi, one of the UK's youngest Muslim faith leaders, answers some key questions about supporting employees.

  • Employment law changes 2022: Mid-year progress report for HR

    Date:
    1 July 2022

    As we reach the midpoint of 2022, HR professionals would be forgiven for losing track of all the live employment law proposals and what they mean for their organisation. To assist HR with planning for the rest of the year and beyond, we round up the major employment law changes in the pipeline as of mid-2022.

  • Why hiring Ukrainian refugees sets a precedent for a fairer future

    Date:
    21 June 2022

    UK employers have rushed to source Ukrainian talent displaced by war, keen to help them rebuild their lives, as well as access their skills in a tight labour market. Could this usher in a fairer future for all refugees, writes Mursal Hedayat?

  • Hybrid working: Six examples of reasonable adjustments for disabled workers

    Date:
    6 May 2022

    Employers that are operating under a hybrid working model must ensure that their working arrangements are inclusive, including making reasonable adjustments to the model for disabled workers. We set out six examples of potential reasonable adjustments for hybrid workers.

  • Brain fog: The menopause symptom impacting women at work

    Date:
    4 May 2022

    A recent TV special highlighting the challenges of menopause showed the difficulties faced by many women around "brain fog" at work. Kathy Abernethy looks at how employers can support female employees to thrive through education and awareness.

  • Ramadan in the workplace: Top tips for employers

    Date:
    1 April 2022

    The beginning of Ramadan is an ideal time to remind employers of the importance of supporting Muslim staff who are observing the Islamic holy month. We round up five points for employers to remember during Ramadan.

  • How can HR use "microlearning" to maximise the impact of D&I training?

    Date:
    21 March 2022

    For many people, properly understanding diversity and inclusion (D&I), and learning to navigate D&I issues in a business context, can be overwhelming. Stuart Affleck, Director at D&I consultants Brook Graham from Pinsent Masons Vario, looks at how "microlearning" can help staff retain their D&I training.

  • April 2022 employment law changes: Six tasks for HR

    Date:
    14 March 2022

    HR professionals must ensure that their organisation is on top of the raft of employment law developments in April 2022. These changes include rises in national minimum wage rates, gender pay gap reporting deadlines, increases to statutory redundancy pay and maternity pay, and the end of HMRC's IR35 enforcement "grace period".

  • Staff with long Covid should be treated as having disability

    Date:
    2 March 2022

    Employers should treat all staff who have long Covid as if they have a disability, in the absence of clear legislative protections for people with lingering symptoms which can affect their performance at work.

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