ELiAction News: October 2019
Welcome to this month’s edition of the Employment Law in Action newsletter
Welcome to our October newsletter. We are still no closer to ending the uncertainty over Brexit, although as we write, it looks like we won’t be leaving on 31st October. Who knows what we will be saying about it next month? This month we have been providing on-site HR support to clients, both in the UK and Europe, as well as negotiating and drafting settlement agreements, and updating contracts and handbooks for some of our new clients. We have also been very busy with Employment Tribunals, with several hearings and last minute settlements.
In this month’s newsletter we look at transgender discrimination and the ACAS guide to Gender Reassignment and the Workplace, and how the changes in the IR35 Regulations will affect businesses. We are often asked how to conduct grievance hearings, so we thought it would be useful to share our top tips with you.
We hope you enjoy reading this month’s edition. If you need any further information, please do give us a call to discuss the support we can offer your team, whether this is through our advice line or via our ad hoc HR Consultancy service.
With best wishes
Julia and Ros
In this month’s issue:
Gender reassignment is one of the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010. The legislation protects people who are transsexual or transgender, which is when a person’s gender identity is different from the gender assigned to them when they were born. There is no requirement that the person has undergone any specific treatment or surgery to change from their birth sex to their preferred gender to be protected by the legislation. They can be at any stage of the transition process from proposing to reassign their gender, to undergoing treatment to reassign their gender, to having completed it.
Some companies are assuming they can ignore upcoming changes to the IR35 Regulations, but should they?
Here our top tips to ensure your grievance hearing runs smoothly.