Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

UK: Sex discrimination – Fawcett Society’s reform proposals

The Fawcett Society has published its Sex Discrimination Law Review, calling for:

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UK: Disability – employers acting on wrong assumptions about medical conditions risk perceived disability discrimination claims

Employers should take extra care when considering rejecting a job applicant because of a concern that a health condition is likely to deteriorate (even if that view is wrong). The statutory definition of disability includes progressive conditions which have an … Continue reading

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UK: Gender pay gap reporting – EHRC threatens enforcement action for non-compliance

The 4th April 2018 deadline for publication of employers’ first year of gender pay gap data is looming, yet over 90% of employers covered by the new statutory duty have still not reported. Many may have deliberately chosen to publish … Continue reading

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India: Dismissal of Sexual Harassment Petition

Widespread allegations of sexual harassment in the press and the international “#MeToo” social media campaign have thrown the issue of sexual harassment sharply into focus. This article looks at the recent case in which the High Court of Delhi dismissed … Continue reading

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UK: proposed reforms to fitness for work, statutory sick pay and mental health protections

An independent review of mental health at work, commissioned by the Prime Minister, has been published. The Stevenson/Farmer review calls on employers to adopt six mental health core standards covering mental health at work plans, employee awareness and open communication, … Continue reading

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UK: Court of Appeal reinstates burden of proof for discrimination claims

The Court of Appeal has held that the EAT ruling in Efobi v Royal Mail Group (that it is not incumbent on the claimant in a discrimination claim to prove a prima facie case, summarised in our blog post here) … Continue reading

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UK: employers should review sexual harassment policies and staff training

The continuing media focus on sexual harassment claims has highlighted an issue which poses a significant challenge for all employers, to ensure there is clarity over what behaviours are unacceptable and that employees both feel safe to report concerns and … Continue reading

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UK: board diversity report and updated executive search code

The Parker Review Committee has published its final report into the ethnic diversity of UK boards. The final recommendations are substantively the same as those published in a 2016 consultation draft. The final report recommends that there should be at … Continue reading

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UK: Government, investor and media focus on gender pay gap reporting

Large private sector employers are required to publish their gender pay gap data by 4 April 2018.  However, in the last couple of months pressure has been put on employers to publish early, a call endorsed by the Prime Minister … Continue reading

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APAC: Workplace Harassment

The daily allegations of harassment in the press and social media campaigns highlighting the prevalence of harassment around the world should prompt business leaders and HR teams to ensure that they understand their obligations and review whether their internal processes … Continue reading

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