Discrimination Series Pt2: Gender identity discrimination and gender critical beliefs
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
1M ago
This episode is not intended to provide legal advice. Rather, it is intended to provide general guidance on the topic discussed. If you would like us to advise you on a particular issue then please get in touch with us at matthew.huggett@carbonlawpartners.com If you are an employer, we offer fixed price arrangements for support and advice. So if you want certainty about your legal spend whilst also getting top notch advice, then just ask us to quote for your business. If you need insurance backed support we can provide this as well. In addition to legal advice, Matt also offers HR and Emplo ..read more
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Discrimination Series Pt1: Duty to prevent sexual harassment
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
2M ago
The first of a series of podcasts where we look forward to 2024 and the key legislative changes that are already confirmed as happening, a look at others that could happen in 2024 or in the future.   We will also look at the key cases that are coming in 2024 that could make important changes or provide important clarification on key areas of employment law.  This episode looks at the implementation of the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 which introduces a pro-active duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.   This episode is n ..read more
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Sexual Harassment: Will new legislation require a more proactive approach by employers?
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
1y ago
A Private Members Bill is currently working its way through Parliament that could require all employers to take proactive steps to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.  The Bill (the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Bill) will require (if passed) employers to take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment.   This is a marked step forward in discrimination legislation.  Currently, employers only need to show that they have taken "all reasonable steps" if they defend a claim in a tribunal.  In the absence of that, employers can do....well ..read more
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Will there be a "right to disconnect from work"?
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
2y ago
This episode looks at the campaign by the Right to Disconnect UK to provide employees in the UK with the right to disconnect from work when outside of their normal working hours.  We look at the legislative changes that the campaign is proposing as well as the current rights given to employees in France, Italy and the Philippines.  The Irish government is also currently consulting on this topic and has published helpful guidance which is available from www.workplacerelations.ie And of course, if you need any help in implementing any 'disconnect' policy or system for your organisatio ..read more
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Is reform of harassment law on the way?
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
2y ago
Back in 2019 the government published a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace, largely in response to the #metoo movement and widespread criticism of the current level of protection for employees and workers in the workplace.  Now, some 2 years later the government has finally published its response to this consultation.   This podcast looks at what changes may be made to legislation in the coming months and years - specifically the positive duty that will be placed on employers to take steps to prevent harassment. We still await the outcome of another consultation abo ..read more
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Gender identity discrimination (Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover)
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
2y ago
The focus of this episode is on the recent decision in the Employment Tribunal in the case of Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover.  We look at whether the Claimant is effectively protected from discrimination because she identified as gender fluid by section 7 of the Equality Act 2010 which requires an individual to be "undergoing a process" of gender reassignment.  We go on to discuss the key take-aways from this case and how many employers need to 'up their game' in respect of gender identity in the workplace.   To read the full decision: EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS (publishing.service ..read more
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Immigration update
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
2y ago
This episode provides a summary of the EU Settlement Scheme and the new points based immigration scheme.  We also provide an update on the latest changes to Immigration following publication by the Home Office on the 4 March 2021 of a "Statement of Changes".  The changes made include the introduction of a new graduate route, a global talent scheme and changes to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) including a "vent chick sexer".  Yes, you read that correctly, a vent chick sexer.   ..read more
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How can employers support victims of domestic abuse?
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
2y ago
This episode looks at the recent publication of a government report and open letter to employers calling on them to provide greater support to victims of domestic abuse in the workplace.  This comes shortly after recent guidance has been published by the CIPD and EHRC and also as the Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-2021 progresses through Parliament.   What steps do employers need to take now and in the future to provide a safe workplace for their employees and to avoid the cost of lost productivity and increased absence ..read more
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Can employers force employees to have the COVID-19 vaccine?
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
2y ago
This episode looks at the specific issue of whether employers can force their employees to have the COVID-19 vaccine.  We assess and explain the discrimination and unfair dismissal risks ..read more
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January 2021 - Our first episode
Matt’s Employment Law and HR Update
by Matthew Huggett
2y ago
Welcome to the first episode of Matt's Employment Law and HR Update.  This episode provides and update on: Updated furlough guidance as at 5 January 2021 Consultation on proposed major reform of post-termination restrictive covenants ICO guidance on Brexit and recruitment algorithms Latest gender pay guidance and statistics The 'cost-plus' rule in discrimination cases (Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice) Constructive dismissal and what employees don't need to tell you when they leave (Chemcem Scotland v Ure) Will interim relief be coming to discrimination cases (Steer v Stormsure ..read more
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