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Education HR e-briefing 580: Discrimination law Review May 2014

  • United Kingdom
  • Education - Briefings


Welcome to the latest edition of our Discrimination Law Review.

Last Summer the Government made the most significant change to the employment tribunal system since it was established nearly 50 years ago, by introducing fees for claimants wishing to bring a claim. In this issue we look at the dramatic effect that this has had on the number of claims being brought. We also focus on compulsory retirement with two articles looking at the issue from different perspectives: the first article compares the law in different jurisdictions and the second considers how UK law was applied in a recent post-default retirement age case affecting police authorities around the country. Also featured are articles on surrogacy, post-natal depression, religious discrimination and victimisation and our usual legislation and case-trackers to help you keep an eye on recent, and imminent, changes in the law and important pending cases.

Finally, you may be interested to know that the Government is about to issue a Code of Practice on avoiding discrimination while preventing illegal working. A draft of the Code was published in April and can be found here.

Recent developments in discrimination law:

Dramatic decline in Employment Tribunal claims: we comment on the impact fees have had… Read more

Surrogacy: clarification of the position regarding protections and benefits afforded to mothers receiving children through surrogacy arrangements… Read more

Compulsory retirement: an international comparison… Read more

Age discrimination and compulsory retirement: guidance from a recent case… Read more

Survivors' pension benefits for civil partners: EAT upholds UK law… Read more

Religious discrimination and group disadvantage: is it easier to justify direct discrimination where a belief is not widely held?… Read more

Caste discrimination: is the existing definition of "race" within the Equality Act 2010 wide enough?… Read more

Post-employment victimisation: Court of Appeal clarifies the law… Read more

Post-natal depression: are there limits to the law's protection from detriment?… Read more

Legislation tracker: an at-a-glance guide to recent and forthcoming changes in equality related legislation… Read more

Cases to watch: key cases to keep an eye on over the coming months… Read more