Policy News Journal - 2014-15

Does Type 2 diabetes controlled by diet automatically qualify as a disability?

No, held the EAT in Metroline Travel v Stoute .

With thanks to Daniel Barnett’s employment law bulletin which provides the details of the case.

The Claimant argued that he was a disabled person because he had Type 2 diabetes and followed a diet which was designed to reduce blood sugar levels. The employment tribunal accepted a submission that this automatically made him a disabled person under the Equality Act, and it failed to consider the specific circumstances of the case. The EAT found that this was an error of law. More controversially, the EAT ruled that a diabetic diet does not qualify as measures taken to treat or correct the condition. This was an academic appeal as the Claimant had already lost his substantive case on liability but the EAT allowed it to be heard because the Respondent had other employees with Type 2 diabetes who would be affected by the decision. The Claimant was ordered to repay the Respondent's fees in full.

Equal Pay

CIPP response to the further consultation on equal pay audits

17 July 2013

The CIPP has today responded to the Government Equalities Office’s further consultation on equal pay audits.

The CIPP’s Policy and Research Team would like to thank all those members who managed to find time out of their busy schedules to complete the recent survey.

In general members were in agreement with the proposals contained in the consultation document, responding that the guidance was suitable and that the legislation is likely to encourage more employers to settle equal pay claims.

CIPP response to further consultation on Equal Pay Audits

Equal pay audits

24 June 2014

Following the consultation last year, the government response has now been published.

The government response is available here .

Gender pay reporting

2 April 2015

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 is now an act of law and will require employers with 250 or more employees to publish information on the gender pay gap.

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