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Employment

Employment

Case update - Bakers entitled to refuse request to bake cake with message in support of gay marriage

Last week, the UK Supreme Court handed down its eagerly anticipated judgment in Lee v. Ashers Baking Company Ltd & others – a case in which the Court had to consider the competing rights of freedom of religion and speech, on the one hand, and the right not to suffer discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or political belief, on the other.

The Court held that a bakery did not discriminate against a gay man when it refused to bake a cake for him with a message in support of gay marriage.

The owners of the bakery were devout Christians.

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The Power Of Conversation

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Brexit – Workplace rights if no deal

You will have all seen in the press yesterday that the Government has begun issuing its guidance for business on how to prepare in the event that the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal. Among the press noise is a short guidance note on workplace rights.

The note covers all workplace rights including the Working Time Regulations and TUPE, but does not cover immigration.

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Shared parental leave.…or is it?

It has been over three years since the shared parental leave regime was introduced in the UK but a recent survey of expecting parents by the University College London found that the number of parents intending to use the scheme is low. This is consistent with our clients’ experience generally and the government’s estimated figures published earlier this year that around 285,000 couples every year qualify for shared parental leave, but take up could be as low as 2%.  So why then, is uptake so low?

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting: More Change Ahead?

Only a few months since the deadline for publication of the first gender pay gap reports, the House of Commons' Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has called for the gender pay gap regulations to be strengthened, to increase their effectiveness.

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Scottish independence is a “philosophical belief” under discrimination law

An employment tribunal has held that a belief in Scottish independence amounts to a “philosophical belief” for the purposes of UK discrimination law.

In a case brought against his former employer the Ministry of Defence, Scottish National Party councillor Christopher McEleny has successfully argued that his belief in Scottish independence amounts to a philosophical belief in respect of which he is protected from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

The employment tribunal, ruling in Mr McEleny’s favour, held that, whilst support or membership of a political party does

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The Bayswater And The Belief

A case involving the iconic luxury handbag designer Mulberry has looked at the law around discrimination on the grounds of a rather unusual philosophical belief.

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UK Government’s Brexit White Paper: from the perspective of Scottish businesses

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Within an hour of MPs in the House of Commons receiving the UK Government’s Brexit White Paper setting out its negotiating position, the Secretary of State for Scotland engaged proactively with a roundtable discussion with Scottish business and industry body leaders, hosted by the Law Society of Scotland.

Given the Brexit interventions of President Trump, a “fasten seatbelts” sign was issued to warn Scottish business leaders that political turbulence was inevitable.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

As the 4th of July marks the anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, I found myself reflecting on the well-known phrase in the introduction to the Declaration – “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.  These are described as “inalienable rights” given to all human beings by their Creator, and which Governments ought to protect.

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Time For A New Plan Stan?

The headlines focused on the proposal to ban gay conversion therapy, but the Government’s LGBT plan published yesterday also contained a chapter on LGBT issues in the workplace.

There is a lot of discussion about the workforce of the future and the need for employers to adapt to the millennial generation.

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