newsletter – phoney discrimination claims

One of the problems with anti-discrimination law is that it sometimes results in “phoney claims”.  The problem must, of course, be kept in perspective and overall the fact that the law is sometimes abused is a small price to pay for the valuable protections it affords to genuine victims. The problems of phoney claims generally centre around job…

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newsletter – discrimination: religion or belief

Along with the rest of British anti-discrimination law the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 were replaced by the Equality Act 2010 with effect from 1 October 2010.  Reflecting changes originally made in 2007, the new wording ensures that any philosophical belief is covered whether or not it is “similar” to a religious belief. This…

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newsletter – working time, rest breaks and holidays

Statutes fixing wages and/or hours of work have existed in this country since the 14th century (the 1349 Ordinance of Labourers and the 1351 Statute of Labourers both made rules on the subject).  The 1998 Working Time Regulations, as amended, are therefore just the latest set of rules.  They were made only after the UK…

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