Equality watchdog faces multiple sexism accusations – The Guardian

Posted February 12th, 2010 in equality, news, race discrimination, sex discrimination, tribunals by sally

“The government’s equalities watchdog, set up to promote human rights and tackle discrimination, has been the ­subject of 15 employment tribunals in which it has been accused of ­sexism, racism and ­discriminating against pregnant women, according to the latest figures.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Trevor Phillips accused of trying to influence equalities watchdog inquiry – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2010 in equality, human rights, inquiries, news, parliament by sally

“Trevor Phillips, the head of the equalities watchdog, was today accused of attempting to influence an official inquiry into his work and may face a high-level investigation into allegations that his actions amount to contempt of both houses of parliament.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Discrimination law change is dropped after Pope’s opposition – The Independent

“The Government will not push through proposals that churches argue would restrict their ability to deny jobs to gay people and transsexuals, Equality Minister Harriet Harman confirmed today.”

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The Independent, 4th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Big Question: What is equality legislation, and why is the Pope so concerned about it? – The Independent

Posted February 3rd, 2010 in bills, equality, homosexuality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

The Pope has made an extraordinary intervention into British politics by urging Catholics to oppose the Equality Bill going through Parliament. The Bill has finished its passage through the House of Commons, and was being fiercely debated in the House of Lords last week, with religious groups lined up on both sides of the argument, and may become the cause of a stand-off between MPs and peers.”

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The Independent, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Consultations open on Equality Bill codes of practice – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 29th, 2010 in bills, consultations, equality, news by sally

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has begun its consultation process on proposed codes of practice relating to new planned equality legislation.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Equality Commission calls for over-65s to keep working – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2010 in age discrimination, employment, equality, news, retirement by sally

“People should be allowed to work beyond the age of 65 and with more flexible hours, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government defeated three times over church gay plan – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2010 in bills, Church of England, equality, homosexuality, news by sally

“The government has suffered three House of Lords defeats over moves churches said would prevent them denying jobs to gay people and transsexuals.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Equality bill: churches and campaigners demand clarity on religion’s exemption – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2010 in bills, Church of England, equality, news by sally

“The government is facing allegations of duplicity over changes to the equality bill after a leaked document showed conflicting statements about the position of churches and other religious organisations.”

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The Guardian, 25th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Do you know the hidden agenda of the Equality Bill? – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 21st, 2010 in bills, employment, equality, news by sally

“OPINION: Employment lawyers and HR professionals would be well advised to keep a close eye on the progress of the Equality Bill, currently being debated in the House of Lords. Initially intended as a legislative sweep-up, it now proposes major policy changes.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st January 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

UK ‘failing to protect workers from discrimination’, claims Europe – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2009 in employment, equality, news by sally

“The government faces legal action for failing to protect people from discrimination at work, throwing doubt on any proposals for a new law on equality.”

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The Guardian, 13th December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

UK equality laws fall short of EU requirements, says Commission – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 26th, 2009 in EC law, equality, news by sally

“The UK’s equality laws are inadequate, according to the European Commission which has announced that it has begun legal action against the UK. The Government claims that new equality legislation will settle the dispute.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th November 2009

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Government response to Equality and Human Rights Commission human rights inquiry – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 5th, 2009 in equality, human rights, press releases by sally

“The government’s response to the recommendations of the Equality and Human Rights Commission human rights inquiry.”

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Ministry of Justice, 4th November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Equality bill takes aim at ‘institutional ageism’ in NHS – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2009 in age discrimination, equality, hospitals, news by sally

“Ageism within the NHS and social care is set to be made illegal after a review of the treatment of older people found discrimination was ‘rooted’  in the attitudes of staff and organisations.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Foster Wheeler Ltd v Hanley and others – WLR Daily

Posted July 10th, 2009 in EC law, equality, law reports, pensions, retirement, trusts by sally

Foster Wheeler Ltd v Hanley and others [2009] EWCA Civ 651; [2009] WLR (D) 235

“The court considered the principles to be applied by pension scheme trustees when deciding how UK pension schemes were to pay benefits to members following recent developments in European pensions law relating to equalisation of retirement ages.”

WLR Daily, 9th July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Equality watchdog faces discrimination lawsuit from pregnant employee – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2009 in equality, news, sex discrimination by sally

“The government’s equality watchdog, set up to combat all forms of prejudice at work, faces a sex discrimination lawsuit this week from a female member of its own staff.”

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The Guardian, 4th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law ‘will force churches to employ gay staff’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 21st, 2009 in employment, equality, homosexuality, news by sally

“Churches will be banned from turning down gay job applicants on the grounds of their sexuality under new anti-discrimination laws, a Government minister said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Equality Bill u-turn could damage businesses, warns expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 1st, 2009 in equality, news by sally

“The Government has published its proposals for new equality legislation and one employment law expert has warned that a policy u-turn could leave companies exposed to a deluge of equal pay claims.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th April 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Harman to make public bodies cut class inequalities – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2009 in equality, news by sally

“Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader, will today follow the 50p new tax rate on the wealthy by disclosing that she is imposing a duty on public bodies to help reduce inequality caused by class disadvantage.”

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The Guardian, 24th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lord Mandelson plan to tear up new laws splits party – The Times

Posted February 23rd, 2009 in employment, equality, news by sally

“Plans to axe new laws that would increase costs for businesses, including enhanced maternity leave and tougher equality legislation, are threatening to blow open a Cabinet rift over how Labour should respond to the economic downturn, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 23rd February 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Can the law ever control discrimination? – The Times

Posted November 27th, 2008 in equality, special report by sally

“When new laws to combat ageism came into force two years ago, employers predicted a wave of litigation and a bundle of new red tape. But as ministers prepare to bring in further changes to discrimination laws in the shape of a single Equality Bill expected in the Queen’s Speech next week, were those fears justified? How well are the new laws working?”

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The Times, 27th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk