Discrimination: Avoiding Claims from Pregnant Workers and New Mothers – Lessons from Recent Case Law
November 29th, 2021 by Stuart Smith
This article first appeared in Employment Law Journal in November 2021 Efforts made to reach a compromise position and to consider individual circumstances will help employers demonstrate that they have acted proportionately and will help to justify the chosen work pattern. Partner and General Counsel Beth Hale and Naomi Latham explore six cases which highlight […]
The question of whether it is ever acceptable for individuals to be “bought off” and “paid for their silence” has, understandably, come under the microscope in the recent years. Particularly where confidentiality clauses, or non-disclosure agreements (“NDAs”), have been used to prevent employees from reporting allegations of sexual harassment or similar misconduct such as in […]
What Not to Wear: How Employers can Avoid Sexist Dress Codes at Work and the Risk of Discrimination Claims
September 10th, 2021 by Marketing
Partner Emma Bartlett and Associate Naomi Latham discuss the topic of gendered dress codes in the work place and how employers can best implement them whilst avoiding the risk of discrimination claims.
August 11th, 2021 by Stuart Smith
In this alert, Partner Merrill April and Associate Naomi Latham outline how to analyse whether you have experienced harassment or sexual harassment as a Senior Executive by reference to the legal requirements. There are three definitions of harassment contained in section 26 of the Equality Act 2010: 1. General definition, s26(1): A person (A) harasses another (B) if […]
August 9th, 2021 by Marketing
In December 2020, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) handed down its judgment in Steer v Stormsure Ltd UKEAT/0216/20/AT (V) which held that the failure of Parliament to grant a right to claim interim relief in claims of discrimination/victimisation dismissals was incompatible with Articles 6 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights (“ECHR”).
World Whistleblowers Day was created in 2019 to raise global public awareness in combating corruption and to highlight the importance of calling out wrongdoing. For Protect, the UK’s Whistleblowing charity, the particular focus for 2021 is on whistleblower wellbeing and creating psychologically safe spaces to speak up.
Beth Hale and Naomi Latham discuss how to prepare for a return to the office in light of the government’s latest Covid-19 guidance and a recent decision on employees’ right to refuse to attend work on health and safety grounds.
June 7th, 2021 by Stuart Smith
Whistleblowing appears to have been on the rise since the start of the pandemic. Protect, the UK whistleblowing charity, reported a 20% increase in calls to their advice line during 2020, with cases in June 2020 up 74% on June 2019 with many COVID-19-related concerns.
In 2003, the International Labour Organisation (“ILO”) began to observe ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’ in order to stress the prevention of accidents and diseases at work, capitalising on the ILO’s traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue. This celebration is an integral part of the ILO’s ‘Global Strategy on Occupational Safety […]
With lockdown restrictions beginning to ease and the Government’s road map out of lockdown shining light at the end of the tunnel, employers may now be considering what the return to work may look like, and when that might be.