Legal guidance

All items: Equality, diversity and human rights

  • July 2019 employment law announcements: Key proposals for HR

    Date:
    26 July 2019

    July 2019 saw progress made on an unusual number of proposed employment law changes. The Government published consultations covering workplace sexual harassment, statutory sick pay, family-friendly leave and pay, flexibility in working hours, modern slavery statements, and enforcement of worker rights. It also made announcements on changes to the laws on rehabilitation periods for offenders, settlement agreements, and protection against redundancy during pregnancy and maternity leave.

  • Perceptive discrimination: Four scenarios for employers to avoid

    Date:
    26 June 2019

    The way in which the Equality Act 2010 is drafted means that employers can be liable for "perceptive discrimination", which is sometimes referred to as "discrimination by perception". We explain what this means and set out four example scenarios that HR professionals, line managers and employees should avoid because they might lead to perceptive discrimination claims.

  • Associative discrimination: Four scenarios for employers to look out for

    Date:
    26 June 2019

    The wording of the Equality Act 2010 means that employers can be liable for "associative discrimination", which is sometimes referred to as "discrimination by association". We explain the concept and set out four example scenarios that HR professionals, line managers and employees should avoid because they might lead to claims of associative discrimination.

  • No requirement to match enhanced maternity pay with enhanced shared parental leave pay

    Date:
    25 June 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the recent Court of Appeal decision that puts paid - for now at least - to the argument that employers that offer enhanced maternity pay must offer the equivalent for employees on shared parental leave.

  • Whistleblowing v grievance: how should sexual harassment be raised?

    Date:
    20 June 2019

    Following high-profile allegations of sexual harassment by staff, employees are now more empowered to speak up about inappropriate behaviour than ever before. But how they raise their complaint also dictates how an organisation should handle it. Catherine McGrath explains.

  • How to use anti-discrimination policies more successfully

    Date:
    21 May 2019

    Tolerance of discrimination at work is arguably at an all-time low. But if employers want to escape vicarious liability for the discriminatory acts of their employees, they need to do more than just have policies in place, argues Shoshana Bacall.

  • Can employers carry out covert surveillance on staff?

    Date:
    29 April 2019

    Even if an employer is confident that theft or other offences are taking place in the workplace there are plenty of factors to consider before surveillance cameras are installed, writes Louise Lawrence, looking at how UK law ties in with European law.

  • Menstruation: Is period pain a disability?

    Date:
    12 April 2019

    Many men and women still view menstruation as a taboo topic and feel uncomfortable talking about periods, even though they affect 51% of the UK population at some point in their life. Natalie Taylor looks at whether period pain can constitute a disability and at ways employers can support women with more severe symptoms.

  • Positive action in recruitment: Cost of getting it wrong

    Date:
    11 April 2019

    While positive action in recruitment is laudable, and to be encouraged as a means of overcoming disadvantage and low participation, employers need to think very carefully about how they go about it, because if they make mistakes the cost may be high. Jason Braier explains why.

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

    Date:
    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.

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