The Government's draft text was published on 27 April 2009 and the Bill requires equal treatment in access to employment as well as private and public services regardless of disability, age, race, gender, or sexual orientation and belief.
The Equality Bill passed its final stage in parliament and from October 2010 The Equality Bill became The Equality Act as it was enforced as domestic law.
The legislation will replace nine laws and more than 100 other measures with one single Act to make it easier for employers and staff to understand their legal rights and obligations. The Act requires equal treatment in access to employment as well as private and public services regardless of disability, age, race, gender, or sexual orientation and belief.
Here are the top 10 issues that employers need to prepare for:
- Gender pay gap audits
- Ban on pre-employment health questionnaires
- Ban on discrimination by association
- Positive action in recruitment and promotion
- Single equality duty (from April 2011)
- New rules on what is considered to be a protected belief
- Diversity in procurement
- Ban lifted on workers discussing pay
- Enhancing tribunal powers
- Caste discrimination could be outlawed
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- The Home Office's website regarding The Equality Act