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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 | Published: 1 September 2019

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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 | Published: 31 August 2019

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Although no intent to harass sexual innuendo violated female employee’s dignity

In Prewett v Green King Services Limited, Ms P was a pub manager. P joined in a conversation with the employer’s risk manager Mr Bentley (B) and the regional business development manager, Mr Gaunt (G). B said to G: “do you know what a growler is?” G replied “no”

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 30 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 | Published: 29 August 2019

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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 | Published: 28 August 2019

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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 | Published: 27 August 2019

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ET expands whistleblowing protection to anticipated protected disclosures

The ET accepted B’s argument that to give effect to his right to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR, s.47B and s.103A ERA 1996 have to be read so as to include the situation where an employer subjects a worker to a detriment or dismisses

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 25 August 2019

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Fundamental shift needed for enforcing the Equality Act

The Women and Equalities Committee has published a report on Enforcing the Equality Act which states that the individual approach to enforcement of equality law is no longer fit for purpose. The report argues against relying on individuals having to present claims and recommends a new approach

Article by: Makbool Javaid | Published: 16 August 2019