Wednesday 5 June 2013 2:00pm BST
Employers have to expect a certain amount of staff sickness absence and many implement initiatives to keep such leave to a minimum. However, when employees suffer from conditions that can mean many weeks or months More...17 May 2013 12:54
Council pays employee more than £500,000 following false theft allegation A former council employee has been awarded a settlement of more than half... More...12 April 2013 12:00
With an increasing number of British adults classed as overweight or obese, the issue of whether or not obesity can be classed as a disability is a thorny issue employment law cannot avoid dealing with, says lawyer Sheila Fahy. When asked last year t More...08 April 2013 13:57
Capability and disability can be tricky waters for employers to navigate, despite often having the best intentions. When considering whether or not a worker is disabled for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 and identifying reasonable adjustments, th More...23 January 2013 13:15
Two long-running religious discrimination cases are among those pending for 2013, alongside other important employment law decisions pending on redundancy, TUPE and disability discrimination. We round up 10 of the significant legal decisi More...02 January 2013 06:03
Over recent decades, as the UK economy has shifted from manufacturing to service industries so the traditional workplace illnesses have shifted from physical injuries to stress-related injuries. Society and employers have become more aware of, and sympa More...04 December 2012 15:48
How would you deal with an employee whose bad behaviour at work would normally justify disciplinary action, but whose actions might be explained by medication being taken for a health condition? And how would you manage the workload of an empl More...24 April 2012 15:58
The Government has made a pledge to support thousands more disabled people into gaining mainstream employment.
The commitment came in its March response to the Sayce review , which was commissioned to look at how its £320 million protected budget f More...29 March 2012 10:23
Leading UK employers have teamed up to tackle the barriers that often prevent disabled candidates from getting jobs. To date, 19 companies - including Reed, Remploy, Ernst & Young, Cisco, Pinsent Masons and Alexander Mann - have signed up More...20 October 2011 12:28
Making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees presents affected employers with something of a dilemma in deciding what, legally, can be considered reasonable. John Charlton reports on recent defining cases and takes counsel from legal experts on More...06 October 2011 10:14
The Equality Act was introduced to provide clarity on the rights of individuals to ensure equal opportunities. However, there are still areas that remain uncertain and, therefore, still open to interpretation, according to employment law specialist Anne More...01 October 2011 11:48
While the latest Employment Tribunal Service statistics show that the average award for age discrimination claims nearly tripled in 2010/11 , many other types of discrimination claims saw drops in the size of the average payout. Laura Chamberlain exami More...12 September 2011 14:47
The average award for age discrimination claims has risen by nearly £20,000 since last year, bringing the average to nearly three times that in 2009/10, according to Tribunal Service statistics.
Successful age discrimination cases resulted in an ave More...01 September 2011 16:19
South Tyneside Council v Ward FACTS Mrs Ward had worked for the employer since 1987. In 2003, Mrs Ward's team moved offices and both her line manager and department manager changed. Mrs Ward alleged that, following these changes, her job con More...29 August 2011 00:01
A man who was dismissed from his job following a stroke has been awarded nearly £400,000 in compensation for disability discrimination. Jonathan Jones, a branch manager in Wales for builders' merchant Jewson, was dismissed on the grounds of incapacit More...11 July 2011 16:45
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Mylott FACTS Mr Mylott was employed by Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He went off sick with stress following alleged poor management and a meeting during which it was alleged that his former line More...23 May 2011 00:01
The new Equality Act provisions seek to balance competing interests concerning disability in a legal minefield. Anne Pritam, a specialist in employment and partnership law, looks at why the Act came about.
Discrimination laws are like buses; y More...02 May 2011 14:34
An online search for "workplace stress" returns an indigestible 1.5 million results, so whether you are suffering from it or managing it, there is an almost inexhaustible array of resources at your disposal.
But stress is just one area o More...01 March 2011 10:35
The Government has published draft guidance on matters to be taken into account when determining questions relating to the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010.
Existing guidance was produced under the Disability Discrimination Act 1 More...17 February 2011 16:09
Employers can no longer ask applicants pre-employment health questions. Anne Pritam and Beth Hale explain.
The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010. While it is largely a consolidation of existing law, it does include some signif More...14 February 2011 00:01