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Emma O'Connor
Emma O'Connor,
What you missed last week in employment...
30 January 2018

In employment news...

Fee refunds and Employment Tribunal claims significantly up: Employers beware and take action

According to reports; the Ministry of Justice has had to repay more than £1.8 million in fees since they were held to be unlawful. However, in contrast, the number of employment tribunal claims went up 64 per cent overall in the two months after fees were abolished this year, government data has shown. This increase is the highest in the UK for four years.

Now is the time to seize the initiative and train your managers and raise awareness of HR and legal issues.  Legal training can give defences to some employment tribunal claims too. Have you booked your 2018 legal manager training courses?  If not, speak to us.

Disability discrimination 

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that disability discrimination could arise where an applicant is rejected for a role not because of their current condition but because they could become disabled in the future. The EAT found that Norfolk Constabulary was wrong to have rejected an application for a transfer from a police constable with a mild hearing condition.

The EAT said: “There would be a gap in the protection offered by equality law if an employer, wrongly perceiving that an employee’s impairment might well progress to the point where it affected [his or her] work substantially, could dismiss [him or her] in advance to avoid any duty to make allowances or adjustments.”

Gender pay and equal pay

The clock is ticking for organisations to publish their gender pay gap reports. Is your organisation gender pay gap ready? For help calculating your organisation’s gap or writing your narrative contact [email protected] for help.  Don’t wait till the deadline…

Equal pay

Also in recent news, equal pay, with a female manager being awarded over £12,000 in compensation after it was found she was paid £7,680 a year less than a male colleague, despite doing the same job. 

Join us for a webinar focusing on pay and equality issues on 22 February – to book your place, register at [email protected].

Sexual harassment – What employers need to know

“This session challenges us to question our practices and realise the potential pitfalls of not raising our standards…” this is what one delegate wrote about our Sexual harassment course last week. 

Sexual harassment isn’t just the concern of politicians or Hollywood, but all employers. With Employment Tribunal claims on the increase and greater awareness within the workplace of these issues, our course was a timely reminder about legal obligations and risks.

Want to run this course in-house or run a legal course focusing on equality and diversity? Speak to us.

Sex discrimination law review

Another reminder of the importance of these issues came with The Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review, which considered gaps in current legal provisions to protect women. It suggests that employers should be held responsible for sexual harassment by third parties, such as customers and contractors, if they were aware of a previous incident of harassment and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it from happening again.

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Our next courses are:

  • GDPR for HR - Thursday 1st Feb 2018, 9.30-12.30
  • Managing difficult conversations with Dr Jonathan Smith – Thursday 15th March 2018, 9.30-12.30

“An eye opener in every sense” – book a course now to find out why. Early booking is essential as courses are run in small groups. Booking is easy! Email [email protected] and we will contact you.

Consistent with our policy when giving comment and advice on a non-specific basis, we cannot assume legal responsibility for the accuracy of any particular statement. In the case of specific problems we recommend that professional advice be sought.

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