The UK Equality Act 2010 (the “Act”) covers all areas of equality and discrimination legislation. The Codes of Practice (the “Codes”) are key to understanding the new obligations under the Act.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) has produced draft Codes of Practice (the “Codes”) in connection with the Act.
The Codes cover Employment, Equal Pay and Services, Public Functions and Associations and their purpose is to explain the statutory provisions of the Act.
The Codes are designed to ensure that the Act is applied consistently by the courts and tribunals as well as making the Act accessible to a lay audience, including those who have rights and their representatives. Therefore they are a good source of reference for HR Professionals.
The Codes are comprehensive and set out exactly what the legislation means, using case law to do so where appropriate.
The Codes were laid before Parliament on 12 October 2010 and as the requisite 40 days have now passed they may come into force at any time.