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Discrimination Law in 2019 by Equality and Human Rights Commission

January 21, 2019 @ 09:00 - 16:00

In association with Michael Rubenstein Conferences Ltd.

Discrimination is easily the most dynamic part of our employment law. Each month brings new cases of practical importance for policies and procedures. No employer – or anyone who advises on employment law or equal opportunities – can afford not to keep abreast of these vital changes.

This has become particularly the case with employment tribunal claims up 90% since the abolition of tribunal fees. This unique annual conference, devised and chaired by Michael Rubenstein, will provide you with authoritative guidance on important recent and proposed changes to discrimination legislation.

During 2018, there were 39 discrimination decisions reported in Industrial Relations Law Reports. Our outstanding team of Britain’s leading discrimination law experts will review the major cases and help you to understand what they mean for your organisation’s policies, or for the policies of those you advise.

So join Michael and his team of experts for a very special and exciting day.


09.00 Registration and Coffee

09.50 Keynote Address – A Scottish Perspective

Shona Simon, President, Employment Tribunals (Scotland)

10.10 Religion or belief discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination

  • Lee v Ashers: the implications of the ‘gay cakes’ case
  • Genuine occupational qualification defence: Egenberger, IR v JQ, Pemberton v Inwood
  • Tests for direct discrimination and harassment: Bakkali v Greater Manchester Buses (South) Ltd
  • What is a protected philosophical belief? Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd, Ministry of Defence v McEleny

Robin Allen QC, Cloisters Chambers

10.55 Break

11.15 Pregnancy, maternity and parental rights

  • Shared parental pay v maternity pay: Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali, Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police
  • Employment rights of foster carers: NUPFC v Certification Officer
  • Pregnancy, health and safety and redundancy: Otero Ramos, Gonzales Castro, Porras Guisado
  • Calls for legislative reform

Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters Chambers


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