WorkLife: Employment policies

Our thoughts on the world of employment law - and beyond.

When will an employer be deemed to have constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability?

When will an employer be deemed to have constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability?

The Court of Appeal recently considered, in the case of Donelien –v- Liberata UK Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 129, when an employer will have constructive knowledge of an employee’s disability.

Late Nights, Early Mornings

Late Nights, Early Mornings

We’re long familiar with the concept of a ‘provision, criterion or practice’ (PCP) for the purposes of an indirect discrimination claim. The degree of ‘coercion’ involved in a PCP was analysed by the Court of Appeal in a decision from last month, in the case of United First Partners Research v Carreras.

The powerful effect of organisational culture - preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

The powerful effect of organisational culture - preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

As sexual harassment cases continue to dominate the headlines, there are a number of questions we are all asking. How widespread is this behaviour? Is this the tip of the iceberg? Are certain industries and professions more vulnerable than others? After decades of equality legislation, why are these cases emerging now? Why has unacceptable behaviour remained unchallenged for so long?

Government response to the Taylor Review – is it still “good work”?

Government response to the Taylor Review – is it still “good work”?

  Even Matthew Taylor, author of the Review, was fainting damning in his praise, seemingly in stark contrast to the government's that "millions [are] to benefit from enhanced rights" as a result of their response. So, what are we to believe?