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Woman reported as disabled due to depression claims disability discrimination against former employer

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Is it sufficient for the “ something arising in consequence ” of a disability merely to have a “ significant influence ” on the unfavourable treatment complained of? This was the question posed in the recent case of Baldeh v...

Employment appeal tribunal rules that it is not unlawful to pay men less than women during shared parental leave

Martha McKinley
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Expectant and working families will have noted with interest the decision reached by the employment appeal tribunal in the case of Capita v Ali. This case resolved the disparity between different conclusions reached by two employment judges on...

Employment law update 2019

Philip Richardson
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There have been some key changes regarding the amounts that employees are entitled to from their employers including changes to the minimum wage, statutory payments and compensation limits for cases before the employment tribunal. It is important that...

Can I make a discrimination claim if I am refused access to a service with my assistance dog?

Harriet Ledger
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In 2015, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association found that 75% of assistance dog owners had been refused access to a service at some point because they had an assistance dog with them. A service includes access to a restaurant, shop or taxi. Recently,...

Don't let a joke in the workplace land you in an employment tribunal

Victoria Fagan
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We all enjoy a bit of fun on April Fool’s Day but you need to be careful that it doesn’t land you in trouble with your employer. Just because it’s a day celebrated by all tricksters, it doesn’t mean that the normal rules relating to...

Was the removal of disabled student from university discrimination?

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It was reported in the news recently that a disabled university student was removed from her course on the grounds of her health. The student, who is understood to have been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, was reportedly removed from her...

Ethnicity pay reporting - fifteen sign the pledge

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Fifteen key UK businesses have committed to the principle of mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting ahead of any mandatory government measures. Nearly one year after the introduction of mandatory pay gap reporting for gender, only around three percent of...

Using the Equality Act to secure accessible housing and facilities

Amy Grimshaw
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A recent judgment as handed down by Cardiff County Court, confirms the rights that disabled people have to make related alterations to their property under the Equality Act 2010 (the act). The case of Smailes & Poyner-Smailes v Clewer Court...

Relationships in the workplace can be a minefield both for employees and employers

Martha McKinley
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Senior members of staff engaged in relationships with more junior colleagues may face accusations that they are taking advantage of their status and power within an organisation, particularly in light of the “me too” movement. Claims alleging ...

New year resolutions for employers

Martha McKinley
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Employers looking for a new year’s resolution could do worse than adopting some of the suggestions below, all of which will help risk-proof your business should the worst happen. Review your contracts and policies to make sure they are up to date ...

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