Age Discrimination in the Workplace

It has been estimated by ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) that in the United Kingdom, by the year 2020, over a third of the workforce will be made up of people over the age of 50. This will change the way our workforce appears and functions and it can raise a lot of questions both for those over 50 and for those just starting out in the working world.

Are you an older worker? Do you feel like you might not have a place in your workplace anymore? Are you a younger worker? Worried that you’ll never get your foot in the door? Confused about what your rights are? This article should clarify some issues facing both older and younger workers.

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Can You Be Fired for Having a Tattoo in the UK?

I have received a fair few queries regarding tattoos in the workplace recently. Most of these queries have been concerning the hiring and firing of people with tattoos. But also from people who are concerned that they are being passed over for promotion or opportunities because they have tattoos.

It is now apparent that this has begun to affect people who are employed or looking for employment. This article will explain how the law stands regarding those of us who have tattoos and how this affects our employment rights.

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What to Do If Your Employer Treats You Differently After You Become Pregnant

Deciding to start a family is a big decision with many variables that need to be considered at different stages of the pregnancy and your child’s early years. One of the key considerations that come to mind early on in the process is usually your employment. There is no doubt that if you are a woman and you are working, becoming pregnant is going to have an impact on your employment, both in the short term and likely in the long term as well.

By law, UK employers offer maternity leave to their female employees who become pregnant. However, the consequences of having a baby can go beyond the actual pregnancy and far into the future. You and your employer will need to consider what will happen regarding your employment beyond your pregnancy and into your child’s early years. As many women who have children cannot return to work on the hours they worked prior to becoming pregnant and have to return to part-time hours.

This can cause a high level of concern, that falling pregnant will negatively impact your employment. You may worry that you will be penalized due to the fact that you require maternity leave and potentially part-time hours on your return. Could you potentially lose your employment as you are no longer able to fulfill the demands of your job due to shorter working hours? Will you still receive the same kinds of opportunities that you had prior to your pregnancy? Will your employer and/or co-workers consider that your job isn’t your number one priority anymore and treat you negatively because of this?

There are many fears that can spin out of control if you let them. This article will alleviate those fears by laying out the legal position and your rights when you become pregnant. While it is impossible to guarantee that your employer or co-workers will treat you fairly should you become pregnant, this article will outline the legal redress available to you if they fail to treat you fairly

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