Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. … in briefOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today This months news in briefFemale architect settles sex discrimination case A female local authority architect who claimed harassment by two malecolleagues has reached a confidential settlement with her former employees. Thewoman, who had complained about the pictures of nude women kept by her boss andanother colleague, said she was forced to resign from her job. The authoritysaid it had reached a settlement without admission of liability to reduce thelevel of stress and anxiety of the people involved. Government extends parental leave Employees with children aged under five years old can now take more thanthree months off work. The Government has extended the right to unpaid leave toparents of all children who were aged under five when the Parental Leavedirective was first introduced on 15 December 1999, bringing UK legislationinto line with the EU and benefiting an additional three million employees. Right to reduce pension contributions The House of Lords has ruled that an employer was entitled to deal with asurplus that has arisen in a pension scheme by reducing the amount it paid intothe scheme. International Power (formerly National Power) and National Grid Cowere appealing against a decision by the Pensions Ombudsman who had upheldNational Grid members’ objections to their employers using any part of thesurplus to reduce its own payments. Ban on genetic testing The Disability Rights Commission has called for a ban on employers askingpeople for genetic test results. The DRC wants the Disability DiscriminationAct 1995 to be extended to protect anyone with a genetic predisposition tocertain illnesses being forced to take genetic tests. Arbitration scheme The alternative arbitration scheme, proposed by the conciliation serviceAcas will be launched on 20 May. It will enable unfair dismissal claims to beheard by independent arbitrators in a confidential setting, rather than in anemployment tribunal. However, it’s thought that only 1,000 cases will be heardnext year, out of an estimated 53,000 cases.