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Accusation of 'playing the race card' amounted to race discrimination

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A recent case demonstrates how even unconscious stereotyping has the potential to amount to race discrimination and underlines the need, as always, to make sure that managers are trained in the handling of complaints. More …

£4.5 million award for campaign of discrimination following pregnancy

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Whilst the average award for discrimination claims is not as high as one might think (around £15,000 in 2010/2011) there are occasionally cases where the award is much higher. More …

'Protected conversations' and joined-up Employment law policy?

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The leaked report of venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft proposing that the law of Unfair Dismissal be replaced by "compensated no fault dismissal", apparently giving employers the right to fire at will, has indeed sent shockwaves through the HR community. More …

ACAS guidance reinforces the need for a social networking policy

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Can you fairly dismiss for potentially damaging comments made on a personal social networking site, perhaps even outside the workplace? More …

'Unless you reply, you will be taken to have resigned'

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It can be frustrating to have on your books an employee who is absent on sick leave, perhaps even having exhausted sick pay entitlement, but who does not justify their continued absence or reply to correspondence. You may even suspect that such an employee has moved house without informing you. More …