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Tribunal Costs Fear Over Equality Bill

ACS has warned Ministers that the proposed Equality Bill threatens to impose more costs from tribunal hearings on small local shops. In its response to the formal Government consultation on the Bill, ACS has expressed its concern that:

• The proposed new right to bring cases using any combination of factors of alleged discrimination could grow the number of hearings before tribunals.
• Requirements for recording and reporting of pay levels between male and female staff would be costly and bureaucratic for businesses.

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: "The convenience store sector employs around 250,000 staff who value the local, flexible and social aspects of working in their local shop. We absolutely support legal standards to support employees, but we fear that the measures proposed in the Equality Bill will just heap more costs and bureaucracy on small stores.

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June 17, 2009

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