Employment: Proposed Equality Act: Codes and new guidance in development by EHRC

January 3, 2010

In anticipation of the current Equality Bill coming into force, the
Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) has been working on
producing associated statutory Codes of Practice together with
non-statutory guidance.

The Equality Act is intended to replace nine anti-discrimination
laws and over one hundred other measures with one consolidated and
streamlined piece of legislation.

Five new draft statutory Codes are being prepared relating to
employment and occupation, services and public functions, equal pay,
education and the public sector equality duty.  The first three of these
draft Codes (employment, equal pay and services and public functions)
have been released and are currently in a consultation stage.  The
consultation ends on 2 April 2010 and questionnaires can be obtained
from the EHRC website.

In addition, the ECHR is consulting separately on the non-statutory
guidance. This consultation period runs up to 16 April 2010.

Related articles

Equality Bill 2009 – a
wide-ranging reform of discrimination legislation


Code of Practice on employment

Code of Practice on equal pay

Code of Practice on services, public functions and associations

EHRC website

For further information or to discuss the issues raised, please Colina
Greenway (colina.greenway@abbisscadres.com)
on +44 (0) 203 051 5711.


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