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Top Ten Tips for Avoiding Discrimination in Recruitment

The Equality Act 2010 outlaws discrimination in employment in relation to nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation. Employers must ensure that the process they use to decide who they will offer employment to is free from discrimination which includes… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Some Things in Life are Guaranteed to be Satisfying

Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying, like having some down-time after a hard week, taking off high heels at the end of the day, getting into a freshly made bed and receiving good service. ‘Client satisfaction’ is a term frequently used as a measure of how products and services supplied by a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employment Tribunal Fees

The Supreme Court’s judgment on Employment Tribunal (ET) fees has been widely reported in the legal and mainstream press and has been described variously as momentous, terrific, ground-breaking and the most important employment law case of [our] lifetime. In 2013 the Government introduced legislation requiring those who wanted to bring a claim in the ET… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The Taylor Review

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices was published last week and was meant to address the issues that have arisen over the last few years as a result of what is being called the gig economy.   Businesses across a number of industries have become increasingly dependant on new staffing models; relying on zero… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employment Law- Do you know your rights?

Employment Law- Do you know your rights? The Conservative party have said they will give employees a statutory right to unpaid carers leave in order to look after elderly relatives but what are some of the other rights workers already have to time off? All employees and workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Sexual orientation and gender reassignment discrimination

Sexual orientation is one of the (nine) protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) which protects a wide range of individuals (not just employees) from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of sexual orientation. Gender reassignment is also a protected characteristic meaning transsexuals, and those who are considering transitioning, are also… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Working Time

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently handed down their decision as to the correct approach to be taken when considering pay for those who ‘sleep in’ as part of their working duties – for example carers who sleep at their client’s houses so as to be on call throughout the night. Workers in the hospitality… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Access to Justice

In 2013 the Government introduced a fee regime in Employment Tribunals whereby individuals now have to pay a fee if they want to bring a claim against their employer, or, more often than not, their former employer. Although there is a remission scheme under which individuals can apply for fee exemption, the application process and… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Effective Performance Management

The aim of any performance improvement process (PIP) should be to help an employee meet the standards that are expected of them, but if their performance doesn’t improve and they are ultimately dismissed what factors will an Employment Tribunal be concerned with as to the fairness of that dismissal? It is imperative that an employer… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Pay and Pay Equality

The British are notoriously bad at discussing money, so the stereotype goes, but pay and pay equality have very much been in the news in recent weeks. HMRC have released details of the (frankly ridiculous) reasons some employers gave for not paying their workers the minimum wage and at the other end of the spectrum… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)