Best practice: Developing fertility-friendly workplaces

Helen Burgess looks at why it’s important for employers to support employees having fertility treatment and what actions they can take to help them Going through fertility treatment is a really stressful and difficult time for anyone; anything an employer can do to minimise that is going to help the employee and foster goodwill. Infertility …
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Discrimination: Avoiding claims from pregnant workers and new mothers – lessons from recent case law

Beth Hale and Naomi Latham explore six cases which highlight the potential pitfalls for employers when managing workers who are pregnant or who have returned from maternity leave Efforts made to reach a compromise position and to consider individual circumstances will help employers demonstrate that they have acted proportionately and will help to justify the …
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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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Discrimination: Should the menopause be a specific protected characteristic?

Jenny Arrowsmith and Joanne Moseley examine the business case for supporting employees going through the menopause and discuss whether greater legal protection is required for those experiencing symptoms The menopause is not specifically protected under the Equality Act 2010 and most complaints are characterised as a form of disability, sex or occasionally age discrimination. The …
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Equality Act: Choosing a suitable comparator – two recent cases

The tricky issue of comparators has hit the headlines recently. Crowley Woodford and Sarah-Jane Gemmell take a closer look Employment tribunals should not weigh themselves down with extensive fact-finding exercises on the issue of whether the comparators would be employed on the same terms at the claimants’ establishment as at their own establishment. There have …
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