discrimination claims

Scrapping DRA: Rise in Discrimination Claims?

Business groups have voiced concerns that the confirmed plans to scrap the default retirement age (DRA) by October 2011 will cause a rise in age discrimination claims. From 6 April 2011 employers will not be allowed to issue any new notices of retirement, while any prior notices must take effect before 1 October 2011. From then, businesses wanting to terminate employment of an older employee must have a reason other than age, unless they can show there is a legitimate aim underpinning the retirement policy, such as health and safety concerns. Business groups gave mixed reactions. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) criticised the Government for not providing guidance earlier on working without the DRA. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) welcomed the news, s... »

Carers’ Rights Ruling leaves firms exposed to Discrimination Claims

A landmark EU court ruling which backed a UK employee’s right to take time off work to look after her disabled son could leave employers exposed to a rush of discrimination claims, legal experts have warned. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg agreed that Sharon Coleman suffered ‘discrimination by association’ when she was forced to resign from her job after being denied flexible working arrangements to look after her disabled child. Crucially, judges ruled that an EU Directive which outlaws discrimination at work on grounds of disability, is not limited to disabled people themselves but also extends to those caring for them. According to employment law firm Croner Consulting, the ruling could open the doors for a rush of similar associative discrimination claims ... »