Article Tag: Discrimination

Enhanced Maternity Pay – Is This Discriminatory?

In May 2018, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) reported that international professional services company, Capita, paid its female employees enhanced maternity pay – however the same was not offered on the rates of pay for paternity or shared parental leave (SPL). The EAT held that this was not discriminatory, however the case was subsequently sent… Read more »

Not Smoking at Work Rewarded by Additional Holidays

A recruitment agency has taken the revolutionary measure of rewarding employees with four extra days of annual leave, for not smoking at work. Managing Director, Don Bryden of KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, has introduced the measure despite being a smoker himself. He states “If you say it’s three 10-minute smoke breaks a… Read more »

How a Flawed Disciplinary Process Can Lead to Constructive Dismissal Claims and Discrimination

It has been well publicised of late how important it is for employers to undertake a fair, reasonable and impartial investigation process. The recent case of the Governing Body of Tywyn Primary School v Aplin emphasises this, bringing to light constructive dismissal and possible discrimination during their disciplinary investigation process. What happened? An openly-gay headteacher,… Read more »

Pregnancy And Maternity Discrimination

As MPs demand urgent government action to tackle a ‘shocking and unacceptable’ rise in pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace, I consider the issues facing both employees and employers when managing the combination of motherhood and working life. Is more legislation the only answer? My twin gave birth to her first baby seven months… Read more »

Is There Discrimination At The BBC?

It has been reported recently that the BBC are advertising vacancies setting out specific requirements on the ethnicity of applicants. Allegedly two white applicants have been turned down for a 12 month trainee role as junior scriptwriters because the BBC wanted people from “ethnic minority backgrounds”. The BBC stated it was to address an “under-representation… Read more »

Employment tribunal fees to be introduced in 2013

The government intends to introduce a charging structure to the employment tribunal system. Following lengthy consultation these charges are set to commence in the summer of 2013. In 2011 the coalition government announced that it proposed to introduce fees into employment tribunals as part of its drive to reform employment law. Consultation began in the… Read more »

Enforcing retirement at 65

The default retirement age was abolished in 2011, and since 2006, under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 it has been illegal to discriminate against employees on the grounds of age. The Regulations do not apply to partnerships. However, age does not attract the absolute protection against discrimination which race, religion, or sexual orientation do…. Read more »