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Take some simple steps to ensure compliance with the Equality Act

The introduction of the Equality Act next month (October 2010) is set to transform the employment and equality landscape, with the wholesale fusion of nine individual pieces of legislation and some 100 orders and regulations. Viewed by many as the greatest legislative overhaul in decades, the day-to-day impact on employers is set to be widespread, with the provisions likely to present a number of immediate challenges. However, there are some simple steps employers can take to ensure they comply with the new rules.

A long-standing component in the recruitment process, the use of pre-employment health questionnaires is set to undergo radical change. From October, employers should avoid asking any questions about heath until after they have decided whether a candidate is otherwise appointable to a role. While employers will still be entitled to ask some questions about a candidate's health in limited circumstances before shortlisting or appointment, for instance, to enable them to establish ahead of the interview if any particular access needs are required by an interviewee, such as a wheelchair ramp, generally all medical issues should be dealt with at the end of the process.

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September 30, 2010

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