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Equality Act guidance may leave small firms confused, Forum warns

The non-statutory guidance on the Act has been drawn up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). It is supposed to be clear and simple enough for all businesses to understand. But with the document stretching to more than 300 pages, and with just six months to go before the Act comes into force in October, the Forum is concerned that many small businesses will struggle to make sense of their new obligations.

Additionally, the Forum believes that much of the wording in the guidance is ambiguous and misleading, making it difficult for business owners to know exactly how they are expected to prevent discrimination in line with the forthcoming changes to the law.

The Forum raised its concerns with the EHRC in response to a consultation on the guidance, which closed on Friday, 16 April 2010.

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April 20, 2010

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