WorkLife entries posted during January 2017

High heels and workplace dress codes: Parliamentary Committees Report published

High heels and workplace dress codes: Parliamentary Committees Report published

'It is clear the Equality Act 2010 is not yet fully effective in protecting workers from discrimination. ' This is the damning conclusion reached by the Parliamentary Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee in their report into dress code discrimination in the workplace published on Wednesday.

Bus drama: Supreme Court considers reasonable adjustments

Bus drama: Supreme Court considers reasonable adjustments

Last week, the Supreme Court considered in the case of FirstGroup Plc v Paulley [2017] whether a passenger on a bus with a pushchair should be required to give the space up for a wheelchair user. This case provides the opportunity for a helpful reminder of the duty imposed on employers by the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments to help disabled job applicants, employees and former employees in certain circumstances.

A Trade Union Victory

A Trade Union Victory

On Wednesday the Court of Appeal handed down an important judgment for trade unions. In the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) v Jet2.com hearing in November 2016, the issue for consideration before the Lord Justices was whether, or to what extent, Jet2.com is obliged to negotiate with BALPA about pilots’ rostering arrangements.

Expired but fired

Expired but fired

Can employers have regard to warnings that have expired to justify dismissal? A recent EAT decision suggests that in certain circumstances they can, although the judgement gives precious little guidance to employers about what those circumstances might be.