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New Acas age discrimination guidance

Acas has published new guidance on age discrimination at work, which can be found here. According to Acas, age discrimination is one of the most common forms of unfair treatment at work. Both younger and older employees across the UK experience discrimination based on their age. The guidance aims to support employers in preventing unfair treatment at work and eradicating bias against older and younger workers.
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New Acas age discrimination guidance

Constructive knowledge of disability: when should employers reasonably know of an employee’s disability?

In the recent case of Lamb v. The Garrard Academy the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered at what point employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act).
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Constructive knowledge of disability: when should employers reasonably know of an employee’s disability?

Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Returning to work after maternity can be a daunting prospect for new mums, and it is important for them to feel that they will be valued and supported upon their return. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many women. With Brexit fast approaching, Theresa May is said to be "determined to do even more as we leave the EU", including by building on the current EU requirements on maternity and paternity leave protection.
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Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Supreme Court considers “unfavourable” treatment in relation to disability discrimination

The Supreme Court has found that calculating an employee's pension entitlement based on the employee's part-time salary (where the employee had been prevented from working full-time due to his disability) was not "unfavourable treatment" under the Equality Act. If the employee been able to work full-time he would not have been entitled to immediate payment of his pension.
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Supreme Court considers “unfavourable” treatment in relation to disability discrimination

Disability discrimination: Dismissal of a shoplifting employee with a tendency to steal

The EAT, in Wood v. Durham County Council, confirmed that an employee's "tendency to steal" was a manifestation of his disability and as such was an excluded condition under the Equality Act (Disability) Regulations 2010. The claimant's disability discrimination claim was therefore dismissed.
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Disability discrimination: Dismissal of a shoplifting employee with a tendency to steal

Food for thought: Employment Tribunal to consider whether ethical veganism is protected under discrimination legislation

In March 2019, an Employment Tribunal will decide for the first time whether ethical veganism is a "philosophical belief" under one of the nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010, namely "religion or belief".
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Food for thought: Employment Tribunal to consider whether ethical veganism is protected under discrimination legislation

Government framework for voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing: what is expected of employers?

Following the 2017 Thriving at Work Review, the government has developed a framework to support large employers with recording and voluntarily reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing. The government hopes that transparency in this area will help drive the culture change which is needed to foster a more inclusive society.
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Government framework for voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing: what is expected of employers?

Is it safe to dismiss an employee who is receiving long-term disability benefits?

The EAT has dealt a blow to employers, confirming that the purpose of permanent health insurance and similar schemes would be defeated if an employer could end entitlements under this type of scheme by dismissing the employee on grounds of capability. 
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Is it safe to dismiss an employee who is receiving long-term disability benefits?

Context is key in claims of harassment

In the recent case of Evans v. Xactly Corporation Limited the EAT considered whether calling an employee a "fat ginger pikey" constituted harassment relating to disability and/or race. In the particular circumstances of this case, the EAT held that it did not.
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Context is key in claims of harassment

Government to propose mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting

As UK companies with more than 250 employees are now required to publish gender pay gap information, the government has turned its attention to the ethnicity pay gap.
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Government to propose mandatory ethnic pay gap reporting