Equalities Act

Tuesday 24 February 2015, 9.30 – 1.00pm, West Midlands

NB An update seminar

Presented by Bevan Brittan and Weightmans

Two key aspects of the law on Equalities:

  • Minimising the Risk of Judicial Review
  • Religion and Belief in the Workplace

Seminar overview

Two practical sessions dealing with problems arising from the law on Equalities:

  • How and when the wide-ranging Public Sector Equality Duty is engaged and properly discharged. Lessons learned from recent cases. Practical steps to reduce litigation risk.
  • An interactive session that will look at practical examples of problems and issues with employees’ religion and belief that can arise on a day-to-day basis, from recruitment to dismissal. The session will provide pragmatic solutions that will help to avoid potentially costly and time-consuming tribunal complaints and will include an examination of recent judgments in this area.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The Public Sector Equality Duty (Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010)
  • Recent cases
  • The extent of the Duty
  • How to minimise litigation risk
  • The recruitment process
  • Accommodating different beliefs
  • Holidays and religious oberservance
  • Grievances and Dismissals

Duration: half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

Speaker Profiles:

Emily Heard is a Partner at Bevan Brittan is recognised in legal directories as having a “leading public sector litigation team”.  Emily specialises in judicial review and procurement challenges, and acted on the Building Schools for the Future litigation for Sandwell MBC involving the first legal challenge to the government’s funding cuts.

Fran Mussellwhite is a solicitor at Bevan Brittan specialising in judicial review and has acted for a number of local authorities in connection with challenge arising from failure to adequate consult or discharge the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Jawaid Rehman, partner at Weightmans has worked almost exclusively for EMLS local authorities since joining Weightmans 7 years ago. He has particular expertise in large scale restructures, changing terms and conditions, trade union issues, job evaluations schemes and equal pay. Jawaid regularly trains clients and has articles published in various publications.

Andrew Tomlinson is a solicitor at Weightmans specializing in employment law and advises employers on all aspects of employment law, including a number of local authority and other public sector bodies. He has significant tribunal advocacy experience gained over a number of years and frequently represents both private and public sector employers in relation to very complex matters including all forms of discrimination. Andrew also regularly presents training on the full spectrum of employment law topics and frequently writes articles for a wide range of publications.

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