Beware the pitfalls

It has been a year since the statutory disciplinary, grievance and dismissal procedures took effect, and case law is now trickling through. Taking these latest cases into consideration, Speechly Bircham’s Emma Bartlett outlines the pitfalls to watch out for (

On the subject of case law, our analysis of the recent case, Hardys v Hanson, looks at justifying an indirect sex discrimination claim ( This is particularly important in light of the Employment Equality (Sex Discrimination) Regulations 2005, which came into force on 1 October.

Following on from our overview of the age discrimination draft regulations in September’s issue, we delve deeper into what steps employers are taking to comply with the new proposals, with practical advice from heads of HR at UnumProvident and Eden Brown on areas they have identified for change and conducting age audits ( And if, like many employers, you are concerned about falling foul of age legislation when it comes to providing benefits and need guidance on how to proceed, read our barometer and lawyer’s viewpoint (

Don’t forget that the government’s consultation on the age regulations closes later this month, so if you want to air your concerns and haven’t already responded, you had better hurry.

As the new editor of Employers’ Law and legal editor for the Personnel Today portfolio, I look forward to hearing your news, views and employment law issues.

Dawn Spalding

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