Website updates September to October 2019

EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, and election Brexit page updated for these: See Brexit>Where we are. Leaving EU membership (exit day) has now been postponed to 31st January 2020, or earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified in 2019. Under the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, now pulled from Parliament, broadly European Union law would continue to apply … Read more

Stammering Pride and Prejudice: book

New book launched September 2019. ‘Stammering Pride and Prejudice: Difference not Defect’ challenges the stereotype that stammering is inherently negative. It positions stammering as a different, valuable and respected way of speaking. It is the first published book exploring stammering from the perspective of the social model of disability, written for people who stammer and … Read more

20th anniversary of stammeringlaw

Stammeringlaw is 20 years old in Autumn 2019. I started this website back in Autumn 1999. We had the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 but so far as I knew no one had really looked at how it applied to stammering, and indeed whether it did. My partner and I would sometimes talk about the DDA … Read more

Website updates July to August 2019

Proposed changes on enforcement of Equality Act Proposals in various reports on enforcing the Equality Act, including two 2019 reports: House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee: Enforcing the Equality Act: the law and the role of the EHRC, July 2019; Equality and Human Rights Commission: Access to legal aid for discrimination cases, June 2019. … Read more

50 Million Voices: stuttering and work

50 Million Voices is the campaign bringing together leaders from across the world to collaborate, share good practice, and transform the world of work for people who stammer. Societal bias means that millions of people who stammer are either unemployed or in jobs which are well below their potential. Employers and colleagues often falsely equate intelligence … Read more

Stamma poster campaign

British Stammering Association’s new Stamma campaign launched today, 18th July. The campaign aims to give the public an insight into what it means to stammer, dispel stereotypes and encourage people to take stammering seriously. The ads are going on bus stops and outdoor advertising space in the UK. A further screen says “stamma.org/join, STAMMA, Join … Read more

Website updates May to June 2019

Employment stammering networks Some companies and organistions have networks of staff who stammer. There may be one in your employer, or you could start one up. They can provide support and networking with other employees who stammer, and may have links to management. See my new page Employment stammering networks. Examples of jobs People who … Read more

This site is now on WordPress!

From June 2019 this site has a more modern look. It also works much better on smartphones. For the past few months I’ve been busy moving this website onto WordPress, a modern open-source website platform. WordPress developed mainly for blogs but is now used for websites much more generally. My previous design was looking rather … Read more

Website updates to April 2019

Recent updates to this website. April 2019 Update of the three Vento bands for compensation for injury to feelings in employment cases. March 2019 Main post-16 page updated, including more on STUC (Stammerers Through University Consultancy), www.stuc-uk.org. Also Oral exams, and assessed presentations page updated with further adjustments to exams, from STUC conference in January … Read more

City of Oxford Bus Services Ltd t/a Oxford Bus Company v Harvey

The employer’s practice of distributing shifts to bus drivers resulted in the claimant, a Seventh Day Adventist, being required to work on his Sabbath. Was the employer’s practice unlawful as indirect religious discrimination? The EAT held that the tribunal should have considered whether the employer’s practice as a whole was justified, not whether the employer … Read more