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Tattoo’ll do nicely! Or will it?

Research published this week by the conciliation service, Acas, suggests that some UK employers’ attitudes towards people with tattoos are becoming outdated – and those employers are missing out on talent. In recent years tattoos have broken into the mainstream and become much more common. A 2015 YouGov poll suggested that young people in the […]

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No Heels Required? Keeping your workplace Dress Code within the law

In light of recent headlines regarding Nicola Thorp, a Receptionist sent home from work without pay after refusing to wear high heels, many employers may be looking to review the dress code requirements they set for their staff. Ms Thorp’s case shows that where a dress code is perceived to be discriminatory, an employer may […]

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Childcare vouchers – no longer child’s play

The position taken by HMRC that an employer must continue to provide childcare vouchers as part of a salary sacrifice scheme during an employee’s maternity leave has been challenged by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the recent case of Peninsula Business Services v Donaldson. The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999 (MPLR) state that […]

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Gayle Force – Sexist comments won’t simply blow over

A recent post match interview saw West Indian cricketer star Chris Gayle make sexist comments to Mel McLaughlin, a Network Ten sports reporter. After his impressive performance in the game, Gayle was asked about his big-hitting style to which he replied “To see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully we can have […]

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Transgender discrimination in the workplace

Most employers are well-versed in their statutory obligations not to discriminate against their employees on the grounds of sex, religion or belief, and age (the more common examples of “protected characteristics”), for example, but what about an employee who is transgender? How does an employer stay the right side of the discrimination barrier? Consideration must […]

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An end to modern slavery?

A recent landmark employment law ruling in the UK’s first ‘Caste discrimination’ case What is Caste? Caste systems involve the division of people into social groups. The idea of ‘caste’ is rooted in Hindu society and it is suggested that caste discrimination affects approximately 260 million people worldwide, the vast majority living in South Asia. […]

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SBEE: What it means for employment law

In March our blog looked at the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (SBEE) which was introduced in the last Queen’s Speech. Earlier this month our corporate team provided a commercial update of the SBEE. This latest update will focus on the employment law aspects of the SBEE. Penalty for underpayment of the national minimum […]

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Caste no shadow: Caste discrimination is covered by Equality Act 2010

Are employers at risk of an Employment Tribunal (ET) claim due to caste discrimination? A judgment by the ET has recently been upheld by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT), holding that claims of race discrimination based on caste can be made under the Equality Act 2010, despite the fact that the Act does not currently […]

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GPs: ‘One Examination too Far’ for Race Equality

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (Bapio) has this week been unsuccessful in its Judicial Review claim against the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the General Medical Council (GMC), the doctors’ regulatory body. Racial discrimination allegations sparked the Judicial Review claim, and began last Tuesday at the Royal Courts of Justice […]

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Do you know what the word “disability” really means in the workplace?

For a start, let’s dispel a myth. A person doesn’t have to be “registered” to be disabled. The concept of registration was introduced by the National Assistance Act of 1948 , and made appearances in social security legislation in the years that followed, but was already antiquated by the time of the Disability Discrimination Act […]

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