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Positive action provisions could have negative effect

Positive action will enable employers to provide preferential treatment during the hiring process, but is this a good thing? Jackie Cuneen reports.

On 6 April 2011, the controversial positive action in recruitment under s.159 of the Equality Act 2010 finally comes into force. The Government has sought to reassure employers that positive action is not positive discrimination and it does not mean quotas for women and minorities.

However, this has left many employers wondering what it actually is. Employers that are conscious of their equality and diversity obligations, as well as tight budgets and recruitment freezes, will wonder what impact positive action will have on their recruitment decisions: positive, negative or indeed any.

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March 9, 2011

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