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Equality & Discrimination

It doesn’t matter which industry you operate in, every work setting has requirements on equality, diversity, discrimination, and rights.

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The modern workplace is a diverse environment. As a result, the opportunity for discrimination is greater than ever before.

As you’re probably aware, the Equality Act 2010 protects individuals from discrimination. This piece of equal opportunities and anti-discrimination legislation protects people based a number of protected characteristics.

Unfortunately, despite this, harassment, bullying, and abuse still occur.

As an employer, it’s your job to encourage equality, stamp out discrimination and act decisively when it occurs.

Our articles won’t just bring you the latest updates in this area. They’ll help eliminate sex and gender discrimination. Tackle sexual orientation prejudice. Fight religious discrimination. Ensure equality for disabled employees. Promote inclusivity for those who have undergone, or are in the process of gender reassignment. Protect those who are unfairly treated following marriage or pregnancy. Remove age discrimination from your workplace. And finally, highlight the differences between direct vs indirect discrimination, and how to avoid both.

If you have any questions about equal opportunities and discrimination you can get in touch with us on 01455 858 132.

Blogs

Case Law Update: Fear of COVID - A Philosophical Belief?

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Case Law Update: Fear of COVID - A Philo...

The Employment Tribunal (ET) recently came to a decision on protected beliefs under the Equality Act...

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Case Law Update: Menopause & Discrimination

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Case Law Update: Menopause & Discriminat...

The menopause is a particularly contentious point in employment law. This is because there is preced...

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Top Tips for Avoiding Discrimination in Recruitment

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Top Tips for Avoiding Discrimination in ...

Recruitment can be a costly and time-consuming business. It can also be litigious. There’s legislat...

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Case Law Update: Compulsory Retirement Age

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Case Law Update: Compulsory Retirement A...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld contrasting decisions on the effect of the same empl...

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Coming Out at Work

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Coming Out at Work

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Age discrimination

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Ageism in the Workplace

Could age discrimination claims affect your business? It might happen more often than you’d expect. ...

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Black History Month UK

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Celebrate Black History Month UK at Work...

Business leaders like you might be wondering how to best recognise Black History Month this October....

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ADHD inclusion in the workplace

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Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Any business concerned about diversity and inclusion needs to consider neurodiversity in the workpla...

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Case Law Update: Sithirapathy v PSI CRO UK Ltd and others

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Case Law Update: Sithirapathy v PSI CRO ...

The Employment Tribunal (ET) has dismissed a series of claims concerning discrimination, unfair and ...

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Types of Discrimination

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Types of Discrimination

At first glance, it seems quite simple. There are nine protected characteristics—so there must be ni...

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New Sexual Harassment Prevention Duty Announced

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New Sexual Harassment Prevention Duty An...

The Government has given its response to the consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace. Thi...

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Dobson v North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Dobson v North Cumbria Integrated Care N...

An employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has upheld a claim of indirect sex discrimination because the em...

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Transgender Views are a Philosophical Belief, EAT Holds

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Transgender Views are a Philosophical Be...

The case first hit the headlines when author JK Rowling was attacked for tweeting in favour of the c...

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LGBTQ+ Inclusivity – Token Gestures vs Real Change

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LGBTQ+ Inclusivity – Token Gestures vs R...

Lego recently made headlines for introducing a new LGBTQ+ set, entitled “Everyone is Awesome”. The ...

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Equal Opportunities in the Workplace

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Equal Opportunities in the Workplace

The UK is a multicultural, multiabled and neurodiverse country. To reflect this, UK legislation sets...

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Ramadan During Lockdown

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Ramadan During Lockdown

Ramadan is the holy month of the Islamic calendar often involving a period of fasting during dayligh...

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Mental Health Discrimination at Work

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Mental Health Discrimination at Work

Sometimes, people treat those who have mental health problems differently at work because of their m...

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Tattoos in the Workplace

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Tattoos in the Workplace

Fashion and tastes are cyclical. With styles and ideas coming in and out of fashion. In the early 1...

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Case Law Update: Chalmers v Airport Ltd

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Case Law Update: Chalmers v Airport Ltd

The EAT has dismissed a victimisation claim. They ruled that wording used by the claimant in a griev...

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Case Law Update: Chief Con of Devon and Cornwall Police v Town

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Case Law Update: Chief Con of Devon and ...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a ruling that a pregnant police officer was discrimi...

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Civil Service Scrap Unconscious Bias Training

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Civil Service Scrap Unconscious Bias Tra...

What is unconscious bias? It’s the idea that individuals are unconsciously drawn to an individual d...

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Case Law: Double Discrimination & Disability

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Case Law: Double Discrimination & Disabi...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that in circumstances where there is no evidence of a...

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Positive Action

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Positive Action

Diversity in the workplace can determine the success of your business. Many studies have shown that ...

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Case Law Update: Can Indirect Age Discrimination be Justified?

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Case Law Update: Can Indirect Age Discri...

The Court of Appeal has held that indirect age discrimination can potentially be justified. This cou...

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Unfair Treatment at Work in the UK

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Unfair Treatment at Work in the UK

We like to think nobody feels unfairly treated at work, but sadly, problems arise. It is important f...

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Racial Discrimination at Work

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Racial Discrimination at Work

There are various pieces of legislation to do with racial discrimination in the UK. They protect ind...

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The Dangers of Unconscious Bias

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The Dangers of Unconscious Bias

The vast majority of companies in the country will know about discrimination and will actively take ...

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Objective Justification

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Objective Justification

In UK employment law, discrimination in the workplace is illegal under the Equality Act 2010. Howeve...

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Associative Discrimination at Work

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Associative Discrimination at Work

To protect employees, the government introduced the Equality Act 2010. This act outlined nine protec...

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5 Disciplinary Procedure Essentials for Cases of Harassment

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5 Disciplinary Procedure Essentials for ...

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for harassment problems to emerge in a workplace. If it occurs in y...

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7 Steps for Managing Harassment in the Workplace

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7 Steps for Managing Harassment in the W...

Unfortunately, harassment in the workplace is still a serious problem in the UK. Protecting employee...

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Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

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Religious Discrimination in the Workplac...

Religion or belief can be a big part of an individual’s life. While you may or may not believe it ha...

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What is Positive Discrimination in the UK?

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What is Positive Discrimination in the U...

In today’s business and social climate, it’s important to embrace diversity to ensure your business ...

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Case Law Update: Disability Discrimination & Personality Disorders

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Case Law Update: Disability Discriminati...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that the tribunal did not err by finding a claimant h...

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Case Law Update: Disability Discrimination & Medical Evidence

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Case Law Update: Disability Discriminati...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employment tribunal (ET) was right to rely on...

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Case Law Update: Disability Discrimination & Pensions

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Case Law Update: Disability Discriminati...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled on a case involving two disabled police officers and ...

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8 Top Tips for Investigating a Claim of Harassment

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8 Top Tips for Investigating a Claim of ...

In cases of harassment you must follow a set process and deal with any harassment complaint quickly,...

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Case Law Update: When is an Impairment a Disability?

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Case Law Update: When is an Impairment a...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that, when bringing a claim of disability discriminat...

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Case Law Update: Company Losses & Reasonable Adjustments

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Case Law Update: Company Losses & Reason...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has found that permitting an employee to work from home at a mo...

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If I Make a Reasonable Adjustment for One, I Have to Make it For All

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If I Make a Reasonable Adjustment for On...

An employer recently called the Croner advice lines and asked this question: “If I make a reasonabl...

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Supporting Employees’ Dietary Diversity

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Supporting Employees’ Dietary Diversity

It may seem simple at first glance, but for many employers, being inclusive of employees’ dietary re...

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Case Law Update - Discrimination Cancelled out by Rehiring

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Case Law Update - Discrimination Cancell...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that individuals who have been dismissed, but then la...

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EHRC Release anti-harassment guidance

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EHRC Release anti-harassment guidance

New guidance has been released for employers on preventing harassment at work. This report was provi...

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Sexual Harassment at Work

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Sexual Harassment at Work

Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace is a reality all employers may have to face. You m...

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Discrimination

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Discrimination

Individuals from different backgrounds and with a variety of life experiences make up the modern wor...

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Ethical Veganism is a Philosophical Belief

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Ethical Veganism is a Philosophical Beli...

Under the Equality Act 2010, it’s unlawful to discriminate against an individual because of their re...

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Case Law Update - When Immigration & Employment Law Collide

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Case Law Update - When Immigration & Emp...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that an organisation was wrong to completely depend on a neg...

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Case Law Update: Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Limited

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Case Law Update: Gray v Mulberry Company...

The Court of Appeal has upheld earlier decisions that an employee’s belief in the right to own the c...

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Sexual Discrimination

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Sexual Discrimination

Sexual discrimination can be difficult to root out in organisations. Especially when it’s not obviou...

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Pregnancy Discrimination

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Pregnancy Discrimination

Discrimination is an employment tribunal case waiting to happen. Despite this, pregnancy and materni...

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Case Law Update: Religious Preaching in the Workplace

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Case Law Update: Religious Preaching in ...

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a Nurse was fairly dismissed on allegations she’d engaged in inap...

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Case Law Update: When is a Disability a Disability?

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Case Law Update: When is a Disability a ...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that, when evaluating if an impairment should be clas...

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Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

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Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination in the workplace occurs when you treat an employee less favourably because of a prote...

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Case Law Update: Philosophical Belief & Personal Pronouns

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Case Law Update: Philosophical Belief & ...

The employment tribunal (ET) has held that a doctor’s ‘conscientious objection’ to refer to transgen...

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Disability - An Employer's Responsibilities

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Disability - An Employer's Responsibilit...

October is National Disability Awareness month. If you weren’t already, it’s important to be aware o...

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Case Law - Discrimination Outside of Work

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Case Law - Discrimination Outside of Wor...

The EAT has held that employers could avoid being liable for discriminatory acts committed by their ...

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Case Law Update: Discrimination as a Result of Employer's Belief

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Case Law Update: Discrimination as a Res...

A recent ruling has found that direct discrimination claims that arise as a result of the alleged di...

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Case Law Update: Mental Health Discrimination

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Case Law Update: Mental Health Discrimin...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that an employer didn’t have ‘constructive knowledge’...

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Case Law Update: Disability Discrimination

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Case Law Update: Disability Discriminati...

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that when making a reasonable adjustment to assist a ...

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Disability Discrimination

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Disability Discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 states that disability discrimination is against the law. Disability discrimin...

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Reasonable Adjustments: An Employer’s Guide

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Reasonable Adjustments: An Employer’s Gu...

The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as any ‘long-term’ or ‘substantial’ physical or mental impa...

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5 Top Tips - Creating an Inclusive Workplace

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5 Top Tips - Creating an Inclusive Workp...

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Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

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Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

Inclusivity and a fair working environment is a goal many employers strive for today. However, dive...

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Avoid Discriminating Due to Disability

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Avoid Discriminating Due to Disability

Last month it was found that there had been a massive 37% rise in disability discrimination claims c...

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Mythbuster: The LGBT+ Experience in the Workplace

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Mythbuster: The LGBT+ Experience in the ...

June is Pride Month, which means it’s the perfect chance to address some of the myths surrounding LG...

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What is Unconscious Bias?

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What is Unconscious Bias?

This issue is prevalent in a number of workplaces across the UK and is a difficult topic to pin down...

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[Mythbuster] There's No Need to Make Allowances for Employees Fasting for Ramadan

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[Mythbuster] There's No Need to Make All...

This year, Ramadan falls on the 5th May and ends on 4th June. The observance is much more than a com...

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How do I Handle National Hugging Day at Work?

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How do I Handle National Hugging Day at ...

There are many wonderful initiatives you can run in your business during the year. National Hugging ...

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World Religion Day: Your Employees' Rights at Work

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World Religion Day: Your Employees' Righ...

Each year, thousands of businesses call Croner for advice on sensitive issues involving religious an...

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Understanding Wage Differentials and Identifying Factors That Affect It

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Understanding Wage Differentials and Ide...

The first step to understanding wage differentials is knowing the distinction between wage and salar...

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Race

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Race

Race

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Hug or Harassment? How Can You Be Sure?

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Hug or Harassment? How Can You Be Sure?

Reports have come to light of a culture of ‘forced hugging’ within the fashion chain, Ted Baker. Mor...

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Handling Discrimination At Work

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How Employers Can Handle Discrimination ...

Despite progress in stamping out workplace discrimination, it’s still a part of the modern business ...

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Religious Discrimination

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Religious Discrimination

Religious Discrimination in the workplace

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Age Discrimination: Examples and What You Need to Know

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Age Discrimination: Examples and What Yo...

The Equality Act 2010 forbids you from discriminating against job seekers, your staff, and trainees....

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Breastfeeding and Working: How You Can Help New Mothers in Your Workplace

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Breastfeeding and Working: How You Can H...

When a new mother returns to work, there’s plenty you can do as an employer or HR manager to help he...

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Mythbuster – Diversity Training Encourages Reverse Discrimination

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Mythbuster – Diversity Training Encourag...

There are some employees who feel that participating in diversity training is an attack on their rac...

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What is Harassment in the Workplace?

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What is Harassment in the Workplace?

Harassment at work involves one or more employees causing a colleague to feel upset, shamed, intimid...

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How to Improve Diversity in the Boardroom

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How to Improve Diversity in the Boardroo...

With the Hampton-Alexander Review revealing that only 29% of FTSE 100 board positions are occupied b...

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Unconscious Bias Job Ads

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Are You Awake to the Unconscious Bias of...

If you’ve been copying the same text for your job ads for the past few years, then it’s time to wake...

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Improve Gender Equality Workplace

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What Can Employers do to Improve Gender ...

Gender equality in the workplace has been making headlines in recent months and, along with workers’...

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Accommodating Ramadan Workplace

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Accommodating Ramadan in the Workplace

Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting, next beginning on 15 May, and is observed by Muslims a...

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Over half of women experienced workplace harassment in 2017, according to the Trades Union Congress....

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Manage Autistic Employee

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How to Manage an Autistic Employee

Taking on an autistic employee can prove beneficial for an employer due to the range of exceptional ...

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Managing Workplace Harassment

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10 Top Tips For Managing Workplace Haras...

The fight against harassment has spread to all corners of society – from Hollywood and the Golden Gl...

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Discrimination Claims Costly

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Discrimination Claims to become more Cos...

Following a consultation in relation to existing Vento Bands, the Presidents of the Employment Tribu...

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burden-proof-cases

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The Burden of Proof in Discrimination Ca...

The case of Efobi v Royal Mail Group Limited UKEAT/0203/16/DA During Employment Tribunal discrimina...

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Indirect discrimination race

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The Legal Test in a Case of Indirect Dis...

Under the Equality Act 2010 (pertaining to equality act case law), it is unlawful for an employer to...

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Protection Pregnant Women

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More Protection for Pregnant Women?

Last year, a report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee called for changes to the law to gi...

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How to Avoid Discrimination in Recruitment

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How to Avoid Discrimination in Recruitme...

A recent BBC report has found that a job seeker with an ‘English-sounding name’ was offered three ti...

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Reasonable Adjustments Wheelchair Users

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Duty to Make Reasonable Adjustments for ...

On the buses – the duty to make reasonable adjustments; The case of First Group PLC v Paulley [2017...

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avoid-discriminatory-dress-codes

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Top Tips to Avoid Discriminatory Dress C...

In December 2015, Nicola Thorp was sent home from her place of work for refusing to wear shoes with ...

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