A contractual right to pay an employee a lump sum rather than require them to work out their statutory or contractual notice period. If there is no PILON clause in a contract of employment then an employer who pays an employee a lump sum payment instead of requiring them to work their notice period will be in breach of contract.
Also known as Polkey reduction, after the House of Lords decision in Polkey v AE Dayton Services Ltd  IRLR 503. A reduction in the compensatory award made to an employee in a successful claim for unfair dismissal to reflect the likelihood that there would have been a fair dismissal in any event. It may be expressed as a percentage …
An employer taking certain steps to assist protected groups which are disadvantaged or under-represented in a particular job. It is a limited exception to the prohibition on discrimination in employment.
Treating one person more favourably than another because they have a protected characteristic. It is generally prohibited under the Equality Act 2010, unless an occupational requirement applies. Positive discrimination because of a persons disability is allowed, and may sometimes be required if there is a duty to make reasonable adjustments.
Under the Equality Act 2010, treating a job applicant or employee unfavourably because of her pregnancy, pregnancy-related illness or maternity leave.
A period at the start of an employment relationship during which the employee is assessed by their employer and following which time they are notified as to whether their appointment will be made permanent. The scope and terms of any probation period are governed by an individuals contract of employment, but it will typically last three or six months and …
The Equality Act 2010 is concerned with discrimination and harassment in respect of nine protected characteristics: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation (see Practice note, Discrimination in employment: overview (EqA 2010): The protected characteristics).