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  • 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.

  • How menopause policies can help to reduce employment tribunal risk

    19 October 2018

    If women's menopause symptoms are not treated sensitively, employers can face increased risks of claims for sex and disability discrimination. Charles Wynn-Evans and Emma Zarb of law firm Dechert look at what menopause policies should address.

  • What employers need to know following the 'gay cake' ruling

    18 October 2018

    It is the case which has captivated the nation almost as much as the Great British Bake-Off. Tom Long looks at what last week's Supreme Court ruling in Lee v Ashers Baking Company means for UK employers.

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