Employers should review their policies, criteria and procedures (PCPs) to ensure they do not indirectly discriminate against particular groups of employees on the basis of a protected characteristic, following a recent case. The ruling makes it easier for employees to bring indirect discrimination claims in those circumstances.
Employers faced with discrimination claims based on statistics appearing to show discriminatory treatment against certain categories of employee, may be able to show non-discriminatory reasons for the statistics, and therefore no unlawful discrimination, following a recent ruling.
Employers should consider whether their decision not to offer an older employee voluntary redundancy is because they will be entitled to more compensation than a younger employee. If it is, they risk an age discrimination claim.
A limited company which was a member of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) could bring an age discrimination claim when it was discriminated against by the LLP on grounds of its shareholder/director's age, the court has ruled.
Advertising can be an effective way of communicating with large numbers of target customers in well-defined market segments.
If you are considering making your business more environmentally responsible, a variety of grants, loans and government-sponsored initiatives can help you. The support on offer can range from funding towards new energy-efficient equipment to free consultations providing practical business advice and awards that you can use to boost your marketing efforts
Whether you need help developing your technology, want to improve your skills or are looking for new distribution channels, networking and forging the right alliances can give you the knowhow you need.
The internet is essential for doing business. However, it can also be a great way for employees to waste time, cause security issues, or give you legal headaches.
An effective treasurer is a vital part of running a community organisation. But taking on the role is a significant responsibility, with even the smallest organisations facing financial red tape and tax regulations.
Running your own business can be extremely demanding. It is even more challenging when you have family responsibilities to meet, such as bringing up children, caring for a child with disabilities or looking after elderly parents or relatives.
Businesses rely on information technology (IT) in almost everything they do. It lets you create reports, manage your accounts, communicate with suppliers and customers and connect with the outside world via email and the internet. More sophisticated uses can include designing products, controlling stock and selling online.
Accidents, mistakes and misunderstandings can happen in any business. Sometimes these grow into full-blown disputes, and before you know it, you are facing a legal claim.
One of the most dependable ways to develop a successful business is to have a firm belief in who you are, what you are doing and in the services or products that you offer.
Benchmarking compares your business to similar companies. At its simplest, it helps you to compare statistics and control costs. More sophisticated benchmarking looks at process design and business strategy.
Age at work: How should employers prepare for an ageing workforce
Advice on how employers should provide for an increasingly older British workforce, in areas such as training, health care and retirement planning.
British companies are facing new challenges in relation to dismissing employees based on retirement age.
Time to make the right decisions
The article discusses British court cases involving dismissals alleged to result from age discrimination.
Age concerns: how the Equality Act affects individual rights in the workplace
Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors explain the protection given by the legislation, what behaviour is prohibited and the exceptions and exemptions.