Hybrid working: How to manage the risks of proximity bias

Favouring those employees who spend the most time in the office could result in legal claims from hybrid workers, warns Helen Corden Due to proximity bias, a manager may develop a practice of allocating work to individuals who are physically present in the office as opposed to those working at home. Companies around the world …
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Equality Act: Learning the lessons from the latest disability discrimination case law

Katie Hurst explores what employers can learn from three recent disability discrimination cases Follows serves as a good reminder to employers to think carefully before they introduce requirements which might affect employees who are disabled or associated with someone who is disabled. This article reviews some recent cases that have helped to shed light on …
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Recruitment: How to avoid discrimination claims when hiring

Nick Hine and Zahra Mahmood provide their top tips on minimising unconscious bias and other forms of discrimination during the recruitment process It is critical for employers to ensure that employees involved in the recruitment process undertake equality and diversity training and keep a clear record of their decision making. There are several dangers an …
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Case law: Disability discrimination in 2021 – lessons from recent decisions

Barry Stanton and Jemille Gibson examine the key points to arise from the latest crop of disability discrimination cases The employer’s actions or inactions can only be judged in the light of circumstances at the time of those actions. Tribunals are not permitted to take account of events that occur after the alleged discriminatory acts. …
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Legal news: Employment update

Jo Broadbent rounds up recent developments affecting employers and their advisers Once a breach of duty occurs, an employer’s subsequent actions to make amends will not remedy the situation. Re-engagement not practicable because of employer’s genuine doubts about capability Kelly v PGA European Tour [2021] is a relatively rare example of a Court of Appeal …
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