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Employee not disabled where contact lens worn to correct double vision

Mart v Assessment Services Inc appears to be the first appellate court case to consider the interpretation of  Schedule 1 para 5(3) of the Equality Act 2010, that in determining whether there is a substantial adverse effect on the ability of a person to carry out normal day-to-day activities

Article by: Makbool Javaid 16 June 2019


Report sets out the types and estimated cost of recruitment fraud

Recruitment fraud is when someone lies about their experience, qualifications, employment history or previous integrity to help gain employment. A report by Crowe estimates that the total cost of recruitment fraud to the UK economy could be up to £23.9 billion/

Article by: Makbool Javaid 15 June 2019

New rules introduced to widen access to offender work placement scheme

81% of firms say that employing offenders has helped their business and 79% of people think that businesses employing ex-offenders are making a positive contribution to society. A rule change will now allow prison Governors greater autonomy to grant Release on Temporary Licence to offenders

Article by: Makbool Javaid 8 June 2019

Study shows obesity is still a pervasive issue prevalent in employment

The Institute for Employment Studies have published a new report which highlights that stigmatisation and discrimination of those with obesity is still a pervasive issue prevalent in employment. Key findings in the report, ‘Obesity and Work: Challenging stigma and discrimination’

Article by: Makbool Javaid 7 June 2019


Autistic employee disadvantaged by failure to adjust open plan workplace

In Sherbourne v N Power Ltd, an ET upheld S’s claim that his employer indirectly discriminated against him on the grounds of his disability, i.e. autism, and failed to make reasonable adjustments to his working environment. S worked in an open plan setting with a busy walkway behind him

Article by: Makbool Javaid 5 June 2019


TUC survey shows 68% LGBT people report being sexually harassed at work

New research published by the TUC shows nearly 7 in 10 (68%) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people report being sexually harassed at work. The study found that: (1) 42% of LGBT people said colleagues made unwelcome comments or asked unwelcome questions about their sex life

Article by: Makbool Javaid 4 June 2019

£150,000 settlement for seven years of pay inequality

A bank employee receiving pay and benefits worth £31,610 less per year for doing the same job as her male counterpart accepted a £150,000 settlement three days before an ET hearing. Employed between 1 September 2010 and 15 November 2017, Miss Williams’ (W) starting salary was £45,000

Article by: Makbool Javaid 3 June 2019

Bill introduced to provide new protections for pregnant women and new mums

The Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Maria Miller MP, has introduced The Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill 2019 in the House of Commons. The Bill seeks to prohibit redundancy during pregnancy and maternity leave and for six months after the end of the pregnancy or leave

Article by: Makbool Javaid 2 June 2019


Dismissal for inappropriate discussions about religion was fair

In Kuteh v Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, K was a nurse who carried out pre-surgery assessments. Some patients complained that K had raised religious matters with them  during their assessments, including: asking one about his faith, and what he thought being a Christian meant

Article by: Makbool Javaid 29 May 2019