Equality Act – positive discrimination

On Sunday 23 January the Daily Mail published an article under the heading “Equality Madness” in which it said that the government is spending tens of millions of pounds in order to comply with the terms of the Equality Act 2010. Examples referred to include £100,000 spent on a DEFRA report investigating how efforts to…

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newsletter – salaried partners

The status of a “salaried partner” can be important.  This is so not only if a firm is in financial difficulty (as partners but not staff are generally liable for a firm’s debts) but also for employment law purposes (as partners, not being “employees”, do not have many employment law rights such as unfair dismissal rights).  With the…

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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  Reflecting changes originally made in 2007, the new wording ensures that any philosophical belief is covered whether or not it is “similar” to a religious belief.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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