UK: gender pay gap reporting deadline suspended

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government Equalities Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have this morning suspended enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines for this reporting year (2019/20). The decision means that there will be no expectation on employers to report their data.  See the announcement here. Read more

UK: ethical veganism held to be a protected philosophical belief

A number of recent cases (see our blog post here) have grappled with the question of what amounts to a protected philosophical belief for the purposes of discrimination law, reflecting a growing trend of claimants seeking to push the boundaries (in some cases because of a lack of eligibility to claim unfair dismissal). Previous case … Read more

UK: new EHRC guidance on harassment at work

New technical guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work has been published by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.  It is anticipated that at some point the guidance will become a statutory code of practice, which would mean that tribunals would be obliged to take it into account in relevant cases;  before then, tribunals … Read more

Future of Work: Adapting to the democratised workplace

The new world of work: report warns of an unprecedented rise in workplace activism Across all sectors and geographies workers are becoming more vocal in articulating their views – about the workplace, their employer and about wider social issues – and increasingly holding organisations to account, enabled and amplified by social media. This trend is … Read more

UK: Government publishes further response on NDA proposals

The Government has published its fuller response to the Women and Equalities Committee report on the use of NDAs.  Largely the response restates the legislative proposals set out in August (see here).  it also sets out an intention to consult on a possible statutory requirement to provide basic factual references and confirms that the proposal … Read more

UK: recent cases test the boundaries of protection for philosophical beliefs

A number of recent cases have grappled with the question of what amounts to a protected philosophical belief for the purposes of discrimination law, reflecting a growing trend of claimants seeking to push the boundaries (in some cases because of a lack of eligibility to claim unfair dismissal). In Gray v Mulberry Company (Design), a … Read more

UK: EHRC publish new best practice guidance on use of confidentiality agreements (or “NDAs”) in discrimination cases

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has this week published new Guidance on the use of confidentiality agreements in discrimination cases.  The Guidance is non-statutory and much of its content is expressed to be ‘good practice’ rather than setting out legal requirements.  Key recommendations include that in most cases employers should not use confidentiality agreements … Read more