Here you will find all the latest news from the SCE team. In this section we will feature news about what we have been up to, recent mentions in the press, information about the work we do in the community and lots more.

Monthly Archive March 2014

Pregnancy and discrimination: Nunki Pippin

From a lay objective, when it comes to pregnancy and discrimination, employers always seem to be skirting a fine line with virtually any alteration to the work situation of the relevant pregnant lady.

It can then occasionally be surprising as to what may constitute a ‘detriment’ within the meaning of section 18 of the Equality Act 2010 (EQA).  In the recent case of Metropolitan Police v Keohane,the question was asked as to whether a police dog handler suffered a detriment by having her dog removed from her when she ceased to be operational due to her pregnancy.

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Is caste protected by the Equality Act 2010?

Avid followers of employment law will be aware that under the Equality Act 2010 (EQA) the Secretary of State retains power to make ‘caste’ a protected characteristic for discrimination purposes. However, the government has made it clear that it will not exercise this power until there has been wider public consultation.

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Covert Employee Recordings: How admissible are they?

Covert recordings taken by an employee during a disciplinary or grievance hearing have for some time been a bugbear for employers and a potential ace in the hole for employees.

Many of you can doubtless imagine the scene in such hearings; ‘Doreen from HR’ frantically scribbling down (in her best shorthand) the heated exchanges between a disgruntled employee and perhaps an even more disgruntled manager, both doing their utmost to keep some semblance of professionalism and decorum as the accusations (and ubiquitous denials) fly.

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Are Associate Dentists Workers under the Equality Act 2010?

The long standing debate amongst lawyers in respect  of whether ‘Associate Dentists’ were workers under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) has had some clarification over the last couple of years.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the legislation, a worker under the ERA is defined as someone who has entered into or works under a:

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‘Call My Bluff’ Charity Wine Tasting Evening

On 11 February we were invited by Smart-Aid, a Leeds based charity which connects professionals with worthwhile causes, to join them for an evening of wine drinking, chatter and fun.

The event was hosted by Leeds Building Society in aide of the Royal National Institute of Blind People with the aim of producing a talking book. As well as this the participants were eager to raise funds for more local Leeds based charities.

The evening itself was highly successful and entertaining as each guest was asked to guess from a description given of three exotic wines! The wine enthusiasts raised £3,000, so not bad for a night’s work.