• Last year the EAT ruled that protected philosophical beliefs could include a belief in climate change (reported here). An appeal to the Court of Appeal has recently been settled. (Grainger v Nicholson)
  • The Court of Appeal has refused a Christian counsellor permission to appeal against the EAT's ruling that it was lawful for Relate to require all its counsellors to counsel same-sex couples notwithstanding the conflict with his Christian beliefs. The Court's earlier decision in Ladele was binding and indistinguishable. Both decisions are reported here The Court emphasised that the law must safeguard the right to hold and express religious belief; but will not protect the content of a belief simply because of its religious credentials. (McFarlane v Relate Avon Ltd)
  • The appeal from the EAT ruling (reported here) that male employees can bring 'piggyback' equal pay claims has been settled. The ruling allows a man to make a contingent claim to equal pay compared with a women who is claiming equal pay (compared with a different man). (McAvoy v Llewellyn)