Automatically Unfair Dismissal

Automatically unfair dismissal

It is a common misconception that an employee can be dismissed without the need to provide a fair reason and follow a fair process, as long as they have not yet accrued two years’ continuous service with their employer. On the contrary, however, there are certain circumstances in which a dismissal may be classed as […]

Failure to Make Reasonable Adjustments

A failure to make reasonable adjustments refers to a breach of the employer’s duty to ensure that workers and applicants are not substantially disadvantaged in carrying out or applying for a job because of a disability when compared with people who do not have a disability. This is a statutory duty that most employers are […]

Mental Health Discrimination at Work

Mental health 
discrimination at work

By understanding your responsibilities as an employer in relation to the mental health of your workforce, you can avoid making costly mistakes by treating someone unfairly because of their condition. Below we examine the difficult issue of mental health discrimination at work, from how this can arise to practical tips on building a supportive culture […]

Racial Discrimination at Work (HR Help)

Racial discrimination

Being an equal opportunities employer means taking positive steps to prevent all forms of discrimination, including race discrimination. Below we examine the issue of racial discrimination at work, from what this means for employers trying to avoid issues arising, and how to deal with any such complaints.   What is racial discrimination at work? Racial […]

Redundancy When Pregnant: Fair Dismissal?

According to studies conducted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, it is estimated that over 50,000 women could be losing their jobs each year because of pregnancy or maternity – and this was prior to the pandemic. With reports that the number of women seeking […]

Positive Action in the Workplace

Positive action

Employers are under a legal duty not to discriminate against prospective or existing employees, either negatively or positively. However, that is not to say employers cannot take ‘positive action’ to assist certain groups of people that are potentially at a disadvantage or under-represented within their workforce. In this article we examine what amounts to taking […]

Age Discrimination (Employers’ Guide)

age discrimination

Age discrimination, also known as ageism, is one of the most common forms of unfair treatment at work. Discriminating against an employee because of age can have serious practical and legal implications for your business, even where the discriminatory practice or conduct is unintentional. The following guide looks at age discrimination in the workplace, and […]