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Discrimination Law in 2020

Discrimination Law in 2020

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. 

Our outstanding team of Britain’s leading discrimination law experts will review the major discrimination cases from the last year and help you to understand what they mean for your organisation's policies, or for the policies of those you advise. This unique annual conference, designed and chaired by Michael Rubenstein, will provide you with authorative guidance on important recent and proposed changes to discrimination legistlation. 

So join Michael and his team of experts for a very special and exciting day.


09.00  Registration and coffee

10.00  Keynote address: The view from the EAT Hon Mr Justice Akhlaq Choudhury; President, Employment Appeal Tribunal

10.40  Sex and race discrimination: recent case law

Proving discrimination – Royal Mail Group v Efobi, Commerzbank AG v Rajput, Iwuchukwu v City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Liability for discrimination: Forbes v LHR Airport Ltd

Harassment – new guidance from the EHRC

 Gender recognition proposals and transgender rights

Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers

11.25  Break 

11.45  New cases on discrimination because of age, religion or belief, sexual orientation

Justifying age discrimination: Lord Chancellor v McCloud, RMT v Lloyd

What is a protected philosophical belief? Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd, Ministry of Defence v McEleny

Proving direct religious discrimination: Gan Menachem Hendon Ltd v De Groen

Sexual orientation discrimination: recent decisions

Deshpal Panesar, Old Square Chambers

12.30  Lunch

13.30  Equal pay and pay gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting: the latest news

Measuring the ethnicity pay gap: proposals

Choice of an equal pay comparator: Asda Stores v Brierley

Justifying unequal pay: BMC Software v Shaikh, : McNeil v Commissioners for HM Revenue & Customs

Betsan Criddle, Old Square Chambers

14.15 Disability discrimination: recent developments

New case law on the definition of disability: Mart v Assessment Services Inc

Perceived discrimination: Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey

Tests for discrimination arising from disability: Williams v Trustees of Swansea University, Dunn v Secretary of State for Justice, A Ltd v Z, Birtenshaw v Oldfield

New cases on reasonable adjustments

Andrew Short QC, Outer Temple Chambers

15.00  Break

15.15  Artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithms and discrimination law: the new frontier

Understanding AI/ML as a new source of discrimination

Avoiding and finding unlawful bias

Who is responsible when machines discriminate?

Where to find the new rules from the UK and Europe

Robin Allen QC, Cloisters Chambers

16.00  Close of conference

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Charitable and other voluntary organisations, including trade unions GBP 90

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