Equality Act

UK: Gender pay gap reporting regulations delayed, first data snapshot likely to be brought forward

The Government Equality Office has confirmed that the final gender pay reporting regulations (discussed here) are unlikely to be brought into force in October this year as originally planned. The hope is that the regulations will be approved this autumn … Continue reading

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UK: Race discrimination – ‘race’ may encompass caste

The EAT has confirmed that, although the Equality Act does not yet expressly include caste as a protected characteristic, it is included within the meaning of 'ethnic origins', at least where it is linked to concepts of ethnicity, and is … Continue reading

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UK: Drafting error in Equality Act revealed through case law

Two EAT cases show what’s wrong with parts of the statute dealing with post-termination victimisation Prior to the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, it was clear that post-termination victimisation was unlawful. This often takes the form of employers giving … Continue reading

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UK: Employment law reforms enacted

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill finished its passage through Parliament and received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013.  BIS has also published commencement dates for various parts of the Act.  The most significant employment law provisions are as follows: … Continue reading

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UK: New resources – March 2013

New publications guidance for small businesses on the Equality Act, and a guide to business and human rights (covering issues such as the right to privacy and confidentiality of customer and staff data), published by the Equality and Human Rights … Continue reading

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UK: Post-employment conduct: whistleblowing disclosures protected; victimisation not prohibited by Equality Act

Case law has established that subjecting an employee to detriment post-employment for a whistleblowing disclosure made during employment is unlawful.  In Onyango v Berkeley the EAT has now confirmed that there is protection even if the disclosure itself is made after the … Continue reading

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UK: New resources – December 2012 / January 2013

CIPD practical guide, Game on! How to keep diversity progress on track, to actively help organisations embed diversity in a lasting and game-changing way. Equality and Human Rights Commission new guidance for employers on pre-employment health questions, which are largely … Continue reading

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UK: BIS reforms – removal of statutory questionnaires and third party harassment provisions

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill has been amended to reflect the Government’s plans to repeal the provisions in the Equality Act 2010 relating to third party harassment and the discrimination questionnaire procedure (reported in our blog post), despite opposition … Continue reading

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UK: Employment law reforms – Queen’s Speech and consultation on new discrimination law proposals

A number of Government proposals announced in recent months (see here) – and one new proposal – have made their way into this month's Queen's Speech and associated Bills. The draft Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill includes the following:

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UK: Employment law reforms – April 2012 government plans confirmed, new proposals and calls for evidence

The last month has seen a raft of government proposals for changes to employment laws.  Details were included in a speech made by the Business Secretary Vince Cable on 23 November, BIS's Response to the Resolving Workplace Disputes consultation, and … Continue reading

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