UK: New publications

GEO new guide for employers on Recruitment and Retention of Transgender Staff. Guidance from the Committee on Standards in Public Life on how public authorities and companies offering outsourced public services can maintain ethical standards, including recommendations to implement a code of conduct, training and performance reviews. Acas Guide on Disability discrimination: key points for the … Read more

UK: Disability discrimination – cases highlight recruitment risks for employers in relation to references and interviews

Where a prospective employer receives an unsatisfactory reference about an applicant's suitability for a role, in circumstances where they have been given information about the applicant's medical treatment and absences from work suggesting disability may be in issue, the prospective employer should enquire further to ascertain whether the reason for the negative opinion is the … Read more

UK: Disability discrimination – duty to make reasonable adjustments to attendance management policy

Employers should take particular care when applying an attendance management policy to disabled employees. Overruling previous EAT authority (see our blog post), the Court of Appeal has confirmed that employers are subject to a duty to make reasonable adjustments to an attendance management policy where an employee's disability makes them more likely to be absent … Read more

UK: Employment law changes in October

On 1 October 2015 the following changes came into force: New national minimum wage rates, the adult rate increasing from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour. Employment tribunals have lost their power to make wider recommendations for employers to take remedial action in successful discrimination claims; they can now only make recommendations that would benefit the … Read more

UK: Discrimination arising from disability – disability need not be the main cause of unfavourable treatment if it is part of the cause or has a significant influence

A claim for "discrimination arising from disability" can be made where an employee is treated unfavourably because of something arising in consequence of their disability, and the treatment is not justified. The EAT in Hall v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police has confirmed that only a loose causal link is required between the disability and … Read more