In October 2010 the new equality act was introduced.  Although employers obligations largely remain the same, the act is designed to simplify and strengthen the previous legislation, focusing on a framework which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a more equal society.

Changes included:

  • Protection against direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in services and public functions; premises; work; education; associations, and transport.
  • Making it more difficult for disabled people to be unfairly screened out when applying for jobs, by restricting the circumstances in which employers can ask job applicants questions about disability or health.
  • Allowing claims for direct gender pay discrimination where there is no actual comparator.
  • Making pay secrecy clauses unenforceable.

Many employers will need to review their policies and procedures in light of the new equality bill framework. Visit http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents for a full guide to the act.

 

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