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Stephensons attend Disability Awareness Day

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Stephensons recently attended the Disability Awareness Day held in the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington to provide advice and assistance to members of the public in relation to disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. What can...

Ban on gender stereotyping in adverts

Amy Dutton
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It is understood that following a review of gender stereotyping in adverts by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s advertising watchdog has introduced a ban on adverts featuring “harmful gender stereotypes” or those which...

Settlement agreements: what are gagging clauses?

Martha McKinley
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There has been an increased focus in the media on so called “gagging” clauses, often referred to within the context of “non-disclosure” agreements (NDAs).  In actual fact, the majority of these type of clauses are found in ...

Do mothers and pregnant women need stronger protection against workplace discrimination?

Maria Chadwick
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It has been reported by Business Department research in 2016 that one in nine women had been fired, or made redundant, when they returned to work after having a child or were treated so badly that they felt forced out of their job. The study also...

Employee receives £16,000 injury to feelings award despite discriminatory act being a 'one-off'

Stephen Woodhouse
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Where a claimant is successful in a claim for discrimination, the tribunal will invariably award compensation for “injury to feelings”.                          The purpose of...

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

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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...

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