The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1st October 2010.The aim of the Act is to streamline and combine previous discrimination legislation. It is hoped that this will, in turn, make matters easier for businesses. Accordingly, businesses with employees or providing goods or services to the public need to be aware of the changes to previous legislation.
Drinking And Driving And You
Legislation relating to drinking and driving has been in place for many years – the necessity of legislating against drinking alcohol and driving has achieved wide acceptance in the community.
Be Aware of What You Carry
Being a taxi driver, especially in London, carries with it particular pressures and requires one to take a special care when dealing with customers. It is a task that cabbies carry out successfully day in and day out but how many stop to consider that it is not just the customers that need care but also what they carry, more particularly perhaps what customers may leave behind. Most items left inadvertently by passengers are umbrellas, shopping or documents of some kind but some customers might leave wallets, personal paraphernalia or even knives. If a driver is caught with a customer’s umbrella in their car that is not much of a problem but what if he is caught with a customer’s knife? The answer is he may find himself on the wrong end of a charge of possession of a bladed article – a nasty little offence that can carry with it a lengthy period of imprisonment upon conviction.
The New Disability Discrimination Regime
Last month we provided you with an update in respect of the prohibition on asking pre-employment health questions from 1st October 2010; this is not the only change to the disability discrimination regime that has been brought about by the Equality Act 2010. In fact, two new strands have been introduced: indirect disability discrimination and discrimination “arising from disability”. Further, there are also a few subtle changes that alter the scope of direct discrimination.
Health Questions in Recruitment
A new law will soon make it unlawful for a prospective employer to ask a job applicant about his or her health before making an offer, or conditional-offer, of employment. Contract workers are also protected by this law.
The economic recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s resulted in an unprecedented number of individuals being made bankrupt. Upon the making of a bankruptcy order, the bankrupt’s assets vested in a trustee in bankruptcy (often the Official Receiver).
The Cohabitation Bill
There are over two million cohabiting couples in England and Wales and it is estimated that by 2031 the figure will have risen to over 3.8 million. Over 740,000 cohabiting couples have 1.27 million dependent children living with them. Despite the rise in such couples over the years, more than half misunderstand their rights on separation.
As we approach the school holidays many will be looking forward to a holiday in the sun with their children. For separating or divorcing couples with children this time of year can be difficult as disputes can arise over holiday contact.
At our employment law update at the Basildon Council Regulation and Economic Update in October 2009 we considered the potential impact of the Vetting and Barring Scheme (“VBS”), which had just come into force. Following the implementation of parts of the VBS, defects have become apparent and the Government has announced that it is re-thinking the VBS.
Calling All Fathers
Due to working patterns today it is still the case in the majority of families that when a child is born it is the mother who ceases employment to raise the child/children of the family. As a result of this if the relationship unfortunately breaks down it is usually the mother who the children reside with and the father who receives contact. It is very common that if the breakdown is particularly hostile the children will be used as a weapon and contact will decrease or cease with the absent parent. Some fathers continue to persist with contact others for various reasons will not. What a lot of fathers do not realise is that since the introduction of the European Court Of Human Rights a father now has the right to family life which means a right to see their children. We have recently seen a huge number of fathers who were not aware that they have a legal right to see their children despite what the mothers may say.