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Equality North East

Equality Act 2010

It is envisaged that the Equality Bill will become and Act in the next few days.

The Equality Bill will simplify the law by replacing nine major pieces of
legislation: the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, much of the Equality Act 2006, the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, and the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 (all as subsequently amended). It will also replace around 100 other measures by writing them in plain English to make it easier for individuals and employers to understand their legal rights and obligations.

The Equality Bill will strengthen our equality law by:

  • Introducing a new public sector duty to consider reducing socio-economic inequalities;
  • Putting a new Equality Duty on public bodies
  • Using public procurement to improve equality
  • Banning age discrimination outside the workplace
  • Introducing gender pay reports
  • Extending the scope to use positive action
  • Strengthening the powers of employment tribunals
  • Protecting carers from discrimination
  • Offering new mothers stronger protection when breastfeeding
  • Banning discrimination in private clubs
  • Strengthen the protection from discrimination for disabled people

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April 8, 2010

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