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Law Society oppose removal of provisions from Equality Act

The Law Society has warned that removing certain provisions from the Equality Act will not help employers following the Government publishing a series of amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill this week.

The amendments abolish the Equality Act provisions on third party harassment and the use of claimant questionnaires in discrimination claims, both of which the Law Society believe can in fact be beneficial to employers as well as employees.

Under section 40 of the Equality Act an employer is not held responsible for the third party's actions in themselves, but for failing to act where they have been told of the harassment; when it has happened on at least two previous occasions; and where the employer has not taken such steps as would have been reasonably practicable to prevent the harassment.

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October 19, 2012

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