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Equality Act 2010: Government implements positive action provisions

The Government has confirmed that provisions on positive action will be implemented on 6 April, under the Equality Act 2010.

A commencement order published this week permits employers faced with two or more candidates of equal merit to choose a candidate from a group that is under-represented in the workforce in their recruitment or promotion processes.

Last week, the Government issued guidance on the provisions and urged employers to ignore scare stories about the Act's implications for business.

Companies have been urged to look at the guidance before the law changes and the Government has stressed that this does not mean giving someone a job just because they are from a minority, and that positive discrimination remains unlawful.

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January 21, 2011

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