Mock tribunal on the Equality Act

Wednesday, 02 March 2011

A lively mock tribunal event for EfC members (held 1 March 2011) highlighted key practical issues for employers with regard to carers and the Equality Act

KPMG, an Employers for Carers member, hosted an engaging and informative event for EfC members on the Equality Act on 1 March 2011 at its headquarters in London. The event featured a mock tribunal highlighting a workplace carer’s scenario, followed by an informal questions and discussion session. EfC was very grateful to Lucy McLynn, Partner, Employment Department, Bates Wells & Braithwaite LLP (the solicitor who represented Sharon Coleman) who played a key role in designing and delivering the event. We were also very fortunate to have Claire McCann, Barrister, Cloisters Chambers, participating in the event on the day.

At the mock tribunal, Caroline Waters acted as the Tribunal Chair, Lucy McLynn as the Claimant’s lawyer, Claire McCann as the Respondent (employer)’s lawyer, and colleagues from Carers UK acted as the Claimant and Respondent (witnesses). EfC members (the audience) acted as the Panel. The mock tribunal was followed by a questions and answer session with the legal experts which raised a number of practical ‘issues and answers’.

As a follow up to this event – and for members who were unable to attend – a note for members outlining key issues and guidance points, including top tips, emerging from the event, will be made available on the members’ section of this website.