Our employment team has a wealth of experience of discrimination in the workplace law, regularly acting for employers in relation to complex and high value discrimination, harassment and diversity matters.
The Equality Act 2010 imposes various obligations on employers as well as giving job applicants and workers a variety of rights. Under the Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against people at work because of nine protected areas, which the Act calls ‘protected characteristics’.
We advise clients regularly on the minefield of workplace discrimination legislation, from the recruitment process right through to post termination. These include issues such as harassment during employment, all forms on the grounds of age, sex, race and other protected characteristics, equal pay and the various forms of disability including employer’s responsibilities around reasonable adjustments.
We also provide bespoke training and policies to avoid and to assist clients with defending discrimination claims in addition to helping our clients with audit processes in order to support gender and ethnic pay reporting.
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- 06 October 2022
How PM’s plans to cut red tape might affect employers
As part of a package of reforms aimed at ‘boosting productivity’ and ‘supercharging growth’, Prime Minister Liz Truss, has announced plans to remove reporting obligations such as gender pay gap reporting and regulations on workers’ rights from all businesses who employ less than 500 employees.
- 28 September 2022
‘The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill’ and future employment rights
Since the implementation of Brexit, we were wondering whether to expect a diversion from EU employment laws and regulations at some point, but no timetable had previously been announced for reform.
- 27 September 2022
The Metaverse: Employment law implications
How will employment play out in the Metaverse? Will employees be bound by the same rules? Will employers be subject to the same employment laws? How will harassment be dealt with? Is bullying in the Metaverse going to be an issue for employers to deal with?
- 23 September 2022
Mini budget, big reforms
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s ‘mini budget’ was announced today and is anything but ‘mini’ in terms of its potential impact on employment law. He has proposed a number of important and extensive changes affecting all employers and workers.
- 22 September 2022
Supporting staff through the menopause
The menopause is a natural part of ageing which affects most women and also trans and non-binary people who may not identify as women.
- 20 September 2022
The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill
In September 2021, the government launched a consultation – ‘Data: a new direction’ – as part of its proposals to reform the UK’s data protection laws following Brexit, the responses to which were published in June this year.