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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

12.00 Sex and race discrimination: recent case law

  • Proving direct discrimination: Mruke v Khan

  • Liability of trade union officials for harassment: Unite the Union v Nailard

  • Liability of LLP partners for discrimination: Murray v Maclay Murray and Spens LLP

  • Gender recognition proposals and transgender rights

Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Disability discrimination: recent developments

  • Perceived disability: Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey

  • Tests for discrimination arising from disability: Williams v Trustees of Swansea University in Supreme Court, City of York Council v Grosset and Sheikholeslami v University of Edinburgh

  • Absence control policies and dismissal: Ruiz Conejero

  • Constructive knowledge and reasonable adjustment: Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd

Andrew Short QC, Outer Temple Chambers

14.15 Age discrimination: new cases

  • Age discrimination and recruitment: latest cases

  • Mandatory retirement: lessons from recent CJEU decisions

  • Intergenerational fairness: Air Products plc v Cockram

  • Age discrimination and occupational pension schemes: new case law

Deshpal Panesar, Old Square Chambers

15.00 Break

15.15 Equal pay and gender pay gap reporting

  • Gender pay gap reporting: the latest news

  • Choice of an equal pay comparator: Reading Borough Council v James

  • Equal pay claims by supermarket workers: new case law

  • Employer defences to equal pay claims: McNeil v Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs

Melanie Tether, Old Square Chambers

16.00 Close of Conference

A limited number of free places will be available to charitable and voluntary organisations. To apply for one of these places please contact us at equalityactscotland@equalityhumanrights.com.

For any questions please contact us by email at equalityactscotland@equalityhumanrights.com or by phone at 0141 228 5919.

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