costs of reasonable (or not?) adjustments under the spotlight as deaf applicant loses discrimination case on appeal

The vexed question of what constitutes a ‘reasonable adjustment’ and whether cost can be a factor in the equation has long been a problem for employers when dealing with disabled employees and job applicants. The Equality Act 2010 largely replicates the provisions concerning ‘reasonable adjustments’ which were previously contained in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995…

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the Beecroft report and "protected conversations"

A remarkable kite-flying exercise emerged today with widespread news coverage of the report about employment law produced by venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft at the request of David Cameron. With headlines such as “Scrap unfair dismissal claims for lazy workers – report” (BBC) and “Give firms freedom to sack unproductive workers, leaked Downing Street report advises”…

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just how far can the concept of philosophical beliefs extend?

As originally drafted, the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 prohibited discrimination on grounds of religion or "similar" philosophical beliefs. Then the Equality Act 2006 removed the requirement for such similarity, and extended the protection to any philosophical belief: the Equality Act 2010 s.10 continues with that wide definition. Removal of just one word…

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