Equality Law Bulletin

Our newsletter is accessible and quick to digest. We have reports on developments in discrimination and human rights in Scotland and Great Britain, as well as details of our training events, new guidance publications and other news.

You can sign up by e-mailing your name to equalityactscotland@equalityhumanrights.com.  

Scotland Equality Law Bulletin - May 2017

In May’s eBulletin the Scotland Legal Team is delighted to present an article from our guest contributor in Brussels, Imane El Morabet, legal advisor at the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities, who supported the claimant in the much anticipated case of Achbita at the European Court of Justice (CJEU).  This in–depth article provides her unique perspective on Achbita and Bougnaoui, where the CJEU ruled that a business’ internal policy which prohibits the visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign does not constitute direct discrimination, but is capable of constituting indirect discrimination.

We also have reports of two important Supreme Court cases dealing with indirect discrimination (Essop and Ors v Home Office and Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice) as well as details of a successful disability discrimination claim upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in relation to multiple choice testing in a job application.


Scotland Equality Law Bulletin - March 2017

In the March edition we have a case study about a young woman who suffered disability discrimination when she was turned away from a beauty clinic because she was accompanied by her guide dog. 

Also, you can find out how to contribute to our Housing Inquiry and read about our submission to inform the list of issues for the UK under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

And we have details of new taxi regulations, two recent Commission funded cases and our joint event with the Scottish Human Rights Consortium Making Change Happen – Using the courts to make rights a reality .


Scotland Equality Law Bulletin - January 2017

Our first edition of 2017 has an article from Lindsey Reynolds, Senior Solicitor at the Commission discussing the implications of three recent decisions of the European Court of Justice of the European Union.

Also included is the publicity for our Discrimination Law in 2017 conference, news of the Commission inquiry into housing for disabled people, Commission guidance on the law concerning religion or belief and the latest Commission research reports.

Scotland Equality Law Bulletin - November 2016

Our November 2016 edition begins with an article from Alan Glazer, Senior Solicitor at the Commission, analysing the judgment in the recent case of Snell v Network Rail.   

We also have the publicity for our upcoming legal training events and the latest Commission guidance on board diversity and the Public Sector Equality Duty for local authorities.

Scotland Equality Law Bulletin - September 2016

Welcome to our September 2016 edition. 

In the September 2015 edition of our Equality Law Bulletin we presented the results of our analysis of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Employment Tribunal statistics. One year on, Laura Hutchison, Senior Enforcement Officer at the Commission, presents an article with the most recent annual statistics (2015/16) and discusses what has changed. 

Also included is our biggest ever analysis of existing evidence into race equality in Scotland and focuses on poverty, education, employment, and housing, the latest Commission guidance and details of vacancies to the Commission’s Scotland Committee.

Scotland Equality Law Bulletin - July 2016

July’s edition has an article by Alan Glazer, Senior Solicitor at the Commission, on wheelchair accessibility in taxis and private hire vehicles.  We also have news of our joint family friendly working conference with the Scottish Employment Rights Network in September 2016. Also included is the Commission’s human rights website refresh and our latest guidance.

Scotland Equality Law Bulletin - May 2016

The May 2016 edition of our bulletin features a report by Iain Nisbet, Consultant Solicitor at Cairn Legal, on Court of Session decision on the case of DM v. Fife Council. The Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened in that case.

Also included are the Commission’s pregnancy and maternity discrimination research and recommendations and the latest Commission guidance and inquiry reports.

Scotland Equality Law Bulletin -  March 2016

Our March 2016 edition covers the case of A v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The bulletin also features the announcement by the Scottish Government of a number of commitments which will help to tackle the problem of discrimination faced by pregnant women and new mothers every year. The edition also has helpful guidance for employers and job applicants on discriminatory advertising and as well as the third episode of our series of webcasts, Equality: Online.

Scotland Equality Law Bulletin - January 2016

For our first edition of the new year, we include the newly released landmark report, ‘Is Scotland Fairer?’. This report is Scotland’s biggest ever study into equality and human rights. We also have a brief article giving a summary of the judgment in the case of Hurley v DWP in which the High Court in England ruled that including the Carers Allowance in the benefit cap is unlawful indirect discrimination against disabled people.

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Last updated: 01 Jun 2017