Tags: Human Rights

Retention of personal information on state database contravenes peaceful protesters’ human rights

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will today (Tuesday 29th January) intervene in a human rights case at the Court of Appeal involving an 87-year-old protestor who says his right to privacy was breached by the police retaining information about him on a national extremism database. Mr John Catt, who had not committed, nor been…

UK Court of Appeal rules that CRB checks breach human rights

The Court of Appeal has decided that the current Government scheme for issuing criminal records certificates is incompatible with article 8 of the ECHR, which concerns the right to a private life.The litigation involved three cases illustrating the difficulties raised by these issues in practice. T, a 21 year old man of otherwise good character…

Views on the European Court of Human Rights decision

With the rulings from the European Court of Human Rights on the four UK religious discrimination cases being widely reported, experts have responded by delivering their opinions on the verdicts. Alex Bearman, Partner, Russell Cooke LLP, said: “The significance of this judgment for employers is that it is now likely to be very difficult to…

Redundancy: fairness of scoring and reduction in headcount

It’s no real surprise that with the bleak economic outlook, redundancies are still keeping HR professionals busy. The Equality and Human Rights Commission together with ACAS has recently produced a guide on redundancy in cases of pregnancy and maternity. ACAS highlights that it receives 15,000 calls a year on such issues. Meanwhile, a couple of…

Government Response to Disability Related Harassment Inquiry

The Equality and Human Rights Commission welcomes the response from the Government to our Hidden in Plain Sight Report. We are pleased that the Government has agreed with the majority of our recommendations. We are currently reviewing its detailed response, alongside the responses of nearly 50 other national organisations and bodies. We will be reporting…

Commission outlines plans for future

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has outlined plans for its future operating model and structure. It has launched a consultation on proposals to reduce its workforce to 150 posts. The proposals aim to meet the challenges posed by reduced resources, including the Government’s decision that the Commission will no longer provide a helpline function…

Police must change photograph policy following court ruling

The Equality and Human Rights Commission intervened in a test case in which the High Court has ruled that the police cannot keep photographs of people without criminal records or those not found guilty. The judges agreed with the Commission’s submission that unless someone has been charged with, or convicted of, a crime it is…