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Disclosure of criminal convictions disproportionate in two respects

The first is the multiple convictions rule, which does not achieve its purpose of indicating tendency to crime as it applies irrespective of the nature, similarity, number or time intervals of offences. The second concerns warnings and reprimands for younger offenders.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 14 February 2019


New Acas guidance published to help prevent age discrimination at work

To understand in detail how age discrimination can happen in the workplace, how to prevent it, and how different treatment because of age can be allowed in certain situations, Acas have published three further documents: Guide - Age discrimination key points for the workplace.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 12 February 2019


Consultation on extending redundancy protection for mothers returning to work

Under Regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999, before making a woman on ordinary or additional maternity leave redundant, employers have an obligation to offer her a suitable alternative vacancy, where one exists, giving the woman priority over other employees at risk of redundancy.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 9 February 2019


Acas guidance for employers on winter weather issues

Acas have issued a timely reminder about its guidance for employers on workplace issues over winter months together with specific advice on travel disruption and bad weather. The former includes top tips on winter colds and flu which can lead to an increase in workers calling in sick.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 8 February 2019


Updated employers’ right to work checklist published 

UK Visas and Immigration have published an updated checklist explaining the types of documents that are acceptable for checking an employee’s right to work and how long the check is valid for. The Employers' Right to Work Checklist covers the steps required to conduct a physical document check.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 7 February 2019


Stonewall names the top employers for LGBT people in 2019

Stonewall has named the top employers for LGBT people in 2019 compiled from the Workplace Equality Index which enables employers to measure, verify and improve their inclusion practice. Organisations that enter the Index submit evidence detailing their LGBT practice across ten areas.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 31 January 2019


Complaint of defamation by colleagues can be a qualifying ‘whistleblowing’ disclosure

However, under S.43B, a worker also has to show that he or she believed that the disclosure was in the public interest. Here, Ibrahim did not have a subjective belief in the public interest element of his disclosure - his concern was only that false rumours had been made about him and he was seeking to protect his personal interest.

Article by: Makbool Javaid 28 January 2019