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1 in 8 employers reluctant to hire women who may have children

A YouGov survey for Young Women’s Trust has found that a minority of employers - one in eight - say they would be reluctant to hire a woman who they thought may go on to have children. In the survey of 800 HR decision-makers, 12% were unsure about hiring women who may have children in the future.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 6 September 2019


Injury to feelings assessed by effect of discriminatory treatment not gravity of the acts

The Vento guidelines for awards for injury to feelings indicate that the lowest band, currently £900-£8,800, is appropriate for less serious cases, such as where the act of discrimination is an isolated or one-off occurrence. In Komeng v Creative Support Limited an ET upheld K’s claim of direct race discrimination

Article by: Makbool Javaid 4 September 2019


ICO changes guidance on timescales for responding to a subject access request

Following a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the ICO has updated its guidance on timescales for responding to a subject access request (SAR), as well as other individual rights requests. The timescale has now changed to reflect the day of receipt as ‘day one’.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 2 September 2019


New Law Society public guidance for non-disclosure agreements

The Law Society has launched a new public legal education initiative to help the public understand their rights when faced with non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). A new set of guidance will be made available directly to the public and disseminated through partner organisations and law firms.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 1 September 2019


Gay marriage cake customer takes case to European Court of Human Rights

Lee was told by Ashers bakery that it would not make a cake with the message “Support Gay Marriage” on it because it was contrary to the owners’ religious beliefs. The SC reversed earlier decisions that Ashers had discriminated against Lee on the grounds of him being gay.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 31 August 2019

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Formal investigations lead to 100% compliance on gender pay gap reporting

After missing the April 2019 deadline for gender pay gap reporting, six organisations failed to respond to EHRC warnings who then opened formal investigations under S. 20 of the Equality Act. As a result of the investigations, the EHRC have confirmed that all six have now reported their figures for this year

Article by: Makbool Javaid 29 August 2019


Record number of disabled people benefitting from workplace funding

DWP statistics have revealed that a record number of disabled people have been supported by the Access to Work scheme, with 36,240 people having received the grant last year. Figures show that Access to Work provision was approved for 32,010 people in 2018/19.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 28 August 2019


Government proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss

The DWP has opened a consultation seeking views on different ways in which the Government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss. The proposals include: (i) making changes to the legal framework to encourage employers to support employees with health issues affecting work

Article by: Makbool Javaid 27 August 2019