Editor's message: One of the many challenges that the police service presents to HR is around recruitment and ensuring that the service reflects the gender and racial composition of the communities that it serves. It is well documented that the number of police officers from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background does not reflect the BAME population as a whole and the shortage of female police officers from a BAME background in particular has been highlighted in recent months.
While positive discrimination is often discussed as a method of boosting diversity police employers must be aware of the limits of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, which were highlighted by the recent tribunal decision of Furlong v Chief Constable of Cheshire Police.
Despite the challenges, the police sector may be able to benefit from certain initiatives to boost recruitment, for example a government pilot to bring officers and staff who left because of caring responsibilities back into investigative roles and the Police Now programme for attracting high-achieving graduates.
Clio Springer, senior employment law editor
Updated to reflect that the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey.
In Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, the Court of Appeal upheld the tribunal decision that a police constabulary had directly discriminated against an officer because of its perception that her that her medical condition could develop into a disability in the future.
In Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and another v Agnew, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal refused to limit workers' historic claims for the unlawful exclusion of overtime from holiday pay calculations.
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.
The Metropolitan Police has announced it will recruit part-time constables for the first time in a bid to attract more women into the force.
In Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd; Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police v Hextall, the Court of Appeal rejected sex discrimination claims brought by male staff against employers that enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay.
Almost a fifth of police officers experience symptoms of either post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or "Complex PTSD", with PTSD rates in law enforcement almost five-times higher than across the general population.
The Court of Appeal has heard the appeals in Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police v Hextall and Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali, which considered whether or not it is discriminatory against men for employers to enhance maternity pay but not shared parental pay. We summarise what stage the cases have reached, explain their implications, and highlight some employers that have recently enhanced family-friendly leave.
The government plans to introduce a new legal test to ensure police officers chasing suspected criminals on the roads do not face prosecution if their driving falls outside the standards that apply to the public.
We look at some of the initiatives that have been taken to boost recruitment in the police sector, and highlight what the police can learn from HM Prison and Probation Service's recruitment campaign.
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