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All items: Equality, diversity and human rights

  • April 2019 employment law changes: Seven things for HR to do

    18 March 2019

    Every April, HR professionals are faced with a raft of amended employment laws and deadlines for their organisation to meet. Important issues in April 2019 include changes to the law on payslips and the usual increases to the national minimum wage, maternity pay and redundancy payments. Large employers should also be working on their second gender pay gap report and their latest modern slavery statement. Meanwhile, the impact of Brexit on EEA nationals continues to be a major issue.

  • What do workforce equality standards mean for NHS employers?

    25 February 2019

    Equality is high on the agenda of most NHS employers. As well as being subject to the gender pay gap reporting regime, NHS employers are required to comply with an equality standard in relation to race, and from April 2019 will be required to comply with a standard on disability. Nicky Green from law firm Capsticks explores what the standards mean for NHS employers.

  • The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

    11 January 2019

    As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what were the 10 most important judgments in 2018 that every employer should know about?

  • Discrimination arising from disability: questions remain about "unfavourable treatment"

    3 January 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman suggests that a recent Supreme Court decision raises more questions than it answers about the tricky issue of what exactly constitutes "unfavourable treatment" because of something arising in consequence of a disability.

  • Are UK employers lagging behind Europe in response to #MeToo?

    20 December 2018

    Only two-thirds of UK employers have taken action to prevent sexual harassment - a proportion that is significantly below the European average. With this in mind, and as the government reveals a new plan to address harassment, Stephan Swinkels from Littler's international practice explains what employers should prioritise.

  • 2019 employment law: eight changes to look out for

    13 December 2018

    Although Brexit dominates the news, there will be a number of important employment law developments in 2019. We set out an eight-point plan so employers can prepare.

  • Ethnicity pay gap reporting: Next steps for employers

    6 November 2018

    The Government is consulting on taking forward its proposals to require large employers to publish ethnicity pay data. We investigate what shape the legislation might take; the challenges that an ethnicity pay gap reporting obligation would pose; what reporting employers are already carrying out; and the potential implementation timetable.

  • Were Waitrose Food editor's 'killing vegans' remarks a sackable offence?

    1 November 2018

    The editor of Waitrose's Food magazine resigned this week after comments he made about "killing vegans" and "force-feeding them meat" drew criticism. Beverley Sunderland of Crossland Employment Solicitors explains why expressing such views in a work environment should be seen as a sackable offence.

  • Ryanair racism row: Are employers liable if they fail to prevent harassment?

    1 November 2018

    A recent incident on a Ryanair flight where a man was filmed having a racist rant at another passenger attracted huge publicity and calls for the airline to have done more. But where does an employer stand legally if an employee fails to intervene? Dan Peyton looks at the legislation.

  • Ethnicity pay gap reporting: What employers need to know

    26 October 2018

    Earlier this month the government published a consultation into whether organisations should be required to report on the pay differentials between people from different ethnic backgrounds. Kate Hodgkiss from DLA Piper considers how the proposals might impact employers if they become reality.

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