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Veganism ruled a protected belief – guidance for employers

In response to the recent landmark legal case that confirmed ethical veganism qualifies as a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010, The Vegan Society has released new guidance for employers to help businesses ensure their ...


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Judges not using power to dismiss claims early at Employment Tribunals

Judges are not exercising their power to dismiss claims early at Employment Tribunals, despite a growing backlog of cases, says GQ|Littler, the specialist employment law firm. As a result, employees and employers face long delays in having their c...


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Government proposes duty to protect public spaces from terror attacks

Plans to introduce a new law that will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack have been announced by Security Minister James Brokenshire. Delivering on the...


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Failure to match shared parental leave to maternity leave is not discriminatory

The courts have upheld a landmark ruling that it is not discriminatory for employers to offer enhanced maternity pay while only offering statutory pay to staff taking shared parental leave (SPL). In both cases heard last year – Ali v. Capita...


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Coronavirus at work: new guidance on sick pay

The coronavirus outbreak has sparked concerns around what rights someone has when it comes to sick leave or how employers should handle a situation at work if a staff member is affected by the virus. In response, ACAS has published new advice to ...


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Is it legal to hire someone who is homeless?

A recent YouGov survey has highlighted that 40% of employers believe it is illegal to employ someone who is homeless. Nearly one in five employers (17%) say that hiring a homeless person would have a negative impact on their existing employees, de...