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Disability Discrimination – ‘Long Term’ Impairment?

Key Contact: Claire Knowles In recent case law, it has been found that an employment tribunal cannot consider events after the date of the occurrence of a discriminatory act when deciding whether an impairment is “long term”, for the purposes of assessing whether an individual is “disabled”. The law on disability Section 6 of the Equality...
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Transgender Issues – is the belief that you can’t change biological sex protected?

Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Dan Evans In the case of Maya Forstater v CGD Europe and Others UKEAT/0105/20/JOJ, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) determined that a belief that biological sex is real, important and cannot be changed, is protected and therefore qualifies as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010 (the Equality Act). What is...
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Pitfalls to Avoid when Advertising Job Vacancies

Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Conrad Hazlitt This time last year many businesses were facing a gloomy winter ahead and the Acuity employment team were busy advising on all things redundancy related.  How things have changed in 12 months with the recent ONS announcement that UK job vacancies hit a record high in September 2021. ...
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Managing Flexible Working Requests

Managing Flexible Working Requests – What happens when employees get it wrong? Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Yannick Ramsamy Hybrid and flexible working arrangements have become common place arrangements amongst employers. However, a recent tribunal judgment demonstrates the significant consequences which can arise if employers do not carefully manage and consider flexible working requests. The case has...
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Employers to Lead on Lifetime Skills and Post-16 Education

Employers to Lead on Lifetime Skills and Post-16 Education Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn On 18 May 2021, the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill 2021-22 was placed before Parliament with the hope of revolutionising the training and employability of young people in the UK. The Bill follows January’s Skills for Jobs White Paper which proposed...
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‘Workers’ Are Workers Too! Protection from Health & Safety Detriments Extended to Workers

‘Workers’ Are Workers Too! Protection from Health & Safety Detriments Extended to Workers Key Contact: Claire Knowles Author: Adam McGlynn Health and safety concerns have dominated the 2020/21 zeitgeist, and with good reason. In a year of tragedy and uncertainty, it has been difficult to determine how best to protect ourselves and each other without losing our...
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