How To Handle Political Activity In The Workplace

How To Handle Political Activity In The Workplace

Should open debate be encouraged or off-limits when it comes to divisive topics like politics at work? Ultimately this is the decision of each company, but employers should ensure they take a balanced approach. This could include setting policies that manage expected behaviours, providing a safe space for open dialogue at work, or stepping in […]

Should You Be Asking Your Employees To Cover Their Tattoos?

Should You Be Asking Your Employees To Cover Their Tattoos

With 40% of the UK having at least one tattoo, with the 18-34 demographic being the most inked aged group, it’s incredibly likely that the topic of tattoos, and whether they should be visible at work, will come up at your organisation sooner or later. Regardless of whether you personally like tattoos or not, it’s […]

When Can You Use The Statutory Defence Against Discrimination Claims?

When Can You Use The Statutory Defence Against Discrimination Claims

With a rising number of discrimination cases being brought to employment tribunals and publicised in the media, it’s more important than ever that employers take action that shows they are doing all that they can both protect employees from discrimination in the first place and prevent claims being made against them. The by-product of taking […]

Menopause – Support In The Workplace

Menopause

The Nuffield Health Group state that around 13 million women in the UK are either perimenopausal or post-menopausal and dealing with menopause symptoms that can last up to 15 years. As an employer, even if you don’t know much about menopause yourself, these figures alone show that a large proportion of your workforce could be […]

Transgender Rights Within The Workplace 

Trans rights in the workplace

In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that one in eight trans people has experienced employment discrimination in the last five years, despite it being illegal to discriminate against someone on the grounds of their gender identity. The Equality Act 2010 protects employees from discrimination on the grounds of protected characteristics, of which gender identity […]

Disability Discrimination

Disability Discrimination

As one of nine protected characteristics, employees cannot be discriminated against on the grounds of a disability, as covered by the Equality Act 2010. Despite this legislation, it’s an issue that is still prevalent for disabled workers around the UK. Disability discrimination occurs when an individual is treated unfavourably as a result of a disability […]

Sex Discrimination

Sex discrimination

As one of nine protected characteristics, employees cannot be discriminated against on the grounds of their sex, as covered by the Equality Act 2010. Despite this legislation, it’s an issue that is still prevalent for men and women in employment around the UK. Sexual discrimination is a complex area of HR that business owners and […]

Mental Health In The Workplace

Mental Health In The Workplace

With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems each year, that’s a quarter of your employees that could be struggling with their mental health, their ability to work effectively and feel well. Self-care and wellbeing have become a hot topic of conversation since lockdown and the #bekind movement on social media. This in turn […]

Boss, 58, Sacked And Replaced With Younger Woman Wins Age Discrimination Claim

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There are fewer and fewer among us who can stretch their minds back to 1983 and the first viewing of the original Ghostbusters in cinemas. When Sigourney Weaver, possessed by a demon asks Bill Murray ‘Do you want this body?’ He rather wittily sidesteps with, ‘Is that a trick question? I make it a rule […]

Direct Discrimination Meaning: An Employer’s Guide

direct discrimination meaning

In the UK, it is against the law to discriminate against someone because of who they are. This includes their sex, race, religion, age, and disability. Direct discrimination can be about any of these or anything else that is protected under the Equality Act 2010. It is important for employers to understand what direct discrimination […]