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NHS consultant awarded £4.5 million for sex and race discrimination

Headlines in the press were dominated at the end of 2011 with the decision of an Employment Tribunal to award a consultant £4.5 million in relation her successful claims of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and race discrimination against her...

Belief in the higher purpose of public sector broadcasting - a step too far?

The scope of what constitutes a “philosophical belief” for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 (and previously the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003) – and therefore qualifying for protection against...

New Year, New Problems

New year, new problems.. 2010 saw key developments in case law which Ozlem Kulle and Helen Besch outline in their articles. This article highlights key cases that are likely to be decided in 2011. Age discrimination The ECJ is considering in the German...

2010 case round up (part 2)

This is the second serving of our selection of key cases from 2010.  1. KRAFT FOODS v HASTIE – age discrimination / justification For more details of this case, see our Ask Auntie piece from our August 2010 newsletter . Summary:  ...

What employers really need to know about the Equality Act 2010

Dear Aunty I know that the Equality Act came into force last week, but I have not been able to keep up to speed with the changes it introduced. Please can you summarise the ones most likely to be relevant to HR? Thanks Harry Harman     ...

Top tips for dealing with discrimination claims

Companies frequently make some fairly basic mistakes when defending discrimination claims.  If you are an HR manager and you have just received notice that one of your ex-employees has decided to pursue a claim for discrimination against the Company,...

Facing up to facebook - the perils of social networking sites in the work-place

Over the past few yeas, employers have faced increasing problems arising out of the use of social networking sites and blogs in the work-place.  As a consequence, some employers have banned all use of such sites at work but this can be seen as an over...

Employment law under the new coalition government- Top Tips on what employers can expect

Information is now emerging on the changes employers can expect under the Conservative - Liberal Government. ‘The Coalition: Our Programme for Government’ was published on 20 May 2010 and outlines the following principal commitments on employment...

The Equality Act 2010 - Implications for Employers

The Equality Act received royal assent on 8 April 2010 and, according to the current Government timetable, the majority of the Act’s provisions should come into force in October 2010. The Act’s purpose is to harmonise existing discrimination...

Keeping the faith? Not if you're alone!

It has been established law that it is unlawful to discriminate against individuals on the ground of their religion or beliefs since December 2003 when the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 came into force.  However, the issue of...

Top Tips for Dealing with Employment Tribunal Disclosure

These top tips follow on from the guidance in this month’s Aunty Advice which details the nature of an employer’s obligation to disclose relevant documents as part of the employment tribunal litigation process. Top tips for dealing with...

Auntie Advises on Employment Tribunal Disclosure Obligations

Dear Auntie, We have just returned from a Case Management Discussion and the Employment Tribunal has ordered that disclosure be carried out over the next month.  We have a number of internal documents about the litigation which we would rather not...

Key Cases for 2010

2009 saw several key developments which Hrlaw took a brief look at in December ( http://www.hrlaw.co.uk/site/focus/employment_law_cases_2009 ). This article looks forward to 2010 and at further key cases which are likely to be decided in the new year. ...

Fighting for rights: new guidance on workplace harassment and violence

Workplace stress levels are possibly higher than ever in the current economic climate. Employees are concerned about possible redundancies, pay cuts, and having to work increasingly hard because of pressure from management.  It is at times like this...

'Snow good getting in a mess over Christmas holiday requests...

Dear HR law auntie I am the manager of a PR company.  Every year we close our offices over the Christmas period because that is our quietest time of year.  All of our clients are also on their Christmas breaks so we do not need to have any...

Crucifixes banned on BMI Saudi flights

Recent media attention has focused on the airline BMI’s ban on its flight crew wearing crucifixes or St. Christopher medals on flights to Saudi Arabia to avoid offending Muslim passengers.  Is such a practice lawful? It would be interesting...

Recognising Satanic rituals : a step too far?

Many readers will have noticed in the Press last month (perhaps understandably with a degree of concern and bewilderment) that it was reported that a Naval officer in the British Armed Forces has been allowed to register as a Satanist by the ship’s...