No maternity rights for surrogate parents?

maternity leave for surrogate mothers

By Samantha Ellaby In the recent cases of CD v ST and Z v A Government Department and the Board of Management of a Community School, the ECJ clarified the EU position regarding the protections and benefits that should be afforded to mothers having children through surrogacy arrangements. Current EU law EU law sets minimum […]

Reoffending reforms – no refinement of relevance

reoffending reforms

By Lucy Corrin The Government has today announced their long-awaited reforms to disclosure of previous convictions for rehabilitated offenders. If someone is asked to disclose convictions, an unspent conviction must always be declared by the individual. This includes a recent conviction where the specified rehabilitation period has not come to end or a conviction for […]

Age discrimination in the police force – the A19 test case

forced retirement police officers

By Samantha Ellaby In the recent police A19 test case, the Employment Tribunal unanimously found, “that the practice of requiring the retirement of nearly all officers in the Forces who could be required to retire under Regulation A19 of the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 was not a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”, and […]

Prohibiting positive action – clarification, but little practical impact

positive action

By Julie Taylor The Equality and Diversity (Reform) Bill is currently making its way through Parliament. The private members’ bill will prohibit the use of affirmative and positive action in recruitment and appointment processes. It is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons on 28 February 2014. The full text is […]