Category Archives: Myths

Unfair dismissal qualifying periods: a historical perspective

The government (along with its advisers such as the now-notorious Adrian Beecroft) claim that employment laws in general, and unfair dismissal laws in particular, are holding up the economy, by making employers afraid to take on new recruits. Many people … Continue reading

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Pay “audits”: a win for Lynne Featherstone despite what anyone else says

“Coalition abandons compulsory audits of pay gap between men and women…. in a reversal of a Liberal Democrat manifesto pledge.” So claims the Guardian and numerous others, wringing their hands. But are they right? Has the Minister really abandoned her principles, six months into power? I humbly disagree. Continue reading

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How likely are you to get sued for discrimination? (Part 2)

As an employer your chance of winning a discrimination case at tribunal is significantly better than in any other type of tribunal case. Race discrimination is the hardest of any type of claim for an employee to prove – of all the race cases that went all the way to a hearing last year, the employer was exonerated in 84%. And the median award in most types of discrimination case was little more than in unfair dismissal cases, at around £5,000 – so half of all compensation awards were less than that. So why the panic? Continue reading

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How likely are you to get sued for discrimination?* (Part 1)

Actually I’m not going to answer that just yet. But I am going to ask, “Why is the Equality Act getting such bad mainstream PR”? Business lobbyists such as the British Chambers of Commerce have complained that it is ill-timed and will discourage job-creation – but if anything is likely to discourage job creation and lead to mass panic among employers it is the recent spate of misleading anti-Equality Act articles in the right-wing popular press.
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Equality Act off to a bad start: the Today programme debacle

The original purpose of this blog was to let me get a few things off my chest about the Equality Act. But today, I find myself compelled to stand up and defend it. Particularly from the foolishness that I found myself listening to on this morning’s Today programme. The whole interview seems founded on the suggestion that the Equality Act is all new. It isn’t. Largely, it consolidates the existing legislation. There are some important changes, although the most controversial were not brought into force and in my view probably never will be… Continue reading

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