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Commission on a UK Bill of Rights launched

An independent Commission to investigate the case for a UK Bill of Rights has been launched by the Government. The Commission will investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in UK law, and protects and extend citizen’s liberties.

Article by: | Published: 10 May 2011

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Age discrimination widely experienced in Europe

Age is the most widely experienced form of discrimination in Europe, according to new research commissioned by Age UK. 35% of people across 28 European countries say they have experienced unfair treatment because of their age and 64% of those interviewed in the UK judge age discrimination as a serious problem.

Article by: | Published: 10 May 2011

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Worker Registration Scheme to close

The Government has announced that the Worker Registration Scheme will close on 30 April 2011. Currently, nationals of what are referred to as the ‘A8’ countries must register under the scheme if they commence employment in the UK.

Article by: | Published: 6 April 2011

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Belief in animal rights constitutes a philosophical belief

Joe Hashman, a gardener, has won the right to pursue a claim against his former employer that he was discriminated against contrary to the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, when his was dismissed, allegedly, because his pro-hunting bosses discovered that he was an animal rights activist.

Article by: | Published: 6 April 2011

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Draft guidance on Agency Workers Regulations published

The Government has published draft guidance on the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which are due to come into force on 1 October 2011. The BIS has invited comments on the draft guidance to be received by 15 April latest, with final guidance expected to be published around the end of April 2011.

Article by: | Published: 6 April 2011

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Government consults on EHRC reform

The Government has launched a consultation which sets out its plans to reform the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to ensure the EHRC no longer carries out those activities which the Government do not consider to be their core activities and which can be done better or more cost effectively by others.

Article by: | Published: 6 April 2011

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Wal-Mart opposes class action sex-bias case in US Supreme Court

Wal-Mart Stores have argued in the U.S. Supreme Court that the largest class-action sex-discrimination lawsuit in history by female employees, who seek billions of dollars, should be halted. Wal-Mart contends that the suit cannot stand, as hiring practices and anecdotal evidence of discrimination cannot be tied to the company, which has an official policy of non-discrimination which applies across the whole of the organisation.

Article by: | Published: 6 April 2011