Case update (3):  An employer is justified in discriminating against an employee if the actions reduce company costs and the employer is suffering an absence of means satisfying the ‘COSTS PLUS’ rule

Summary: Is an employer justified in discriminating against an employee if the actions reduce company costs? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in Heskett v Secretary of State for Justice available here, if the employer is suffering an ‘absence of means’. Background:  Where a provision, criterion or practice (“PCP”) planned by an employer impacts on…
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Government reforms (2): ACAS Guidance – Age discrimination at work

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ACAS has published guidance (available here) on age discrimination. The guidance includes how age discrimination can happen in the workplace, how to prevent it, and how different treatment because of age can be allowed in very limited circumstances. The guidance explains situations where employers are at risk of ageism and how to avoid discriminating against…
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December 2012 case update

Green light for (sensible) retirement conversations Summary: Can employers hold retirement conversations with employees without committing age discrimination? Yes, says an Employment Tribunal, as long as these discussions form part of “sensible succession planning”. The case is Quick v Cornwall Council and another. Facts: Mrs Quick was the headmistress of one of four primary schools…
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