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Equality Bill Debated in the House of Lords

The Equality Bill has completed the Report stage in the House of Lords, following a debate on 2 March 2010 at which various amendments were discussed.

The key amendments debated in relation to employment law were as follows:

• An amendment was passed giving the power for ‘caste’ to be included within the definition of ‘race’ at a future date. The Government has recently commissioned research into caste discrimination.

• The proposal for a ‘sunset clause’ to abolish the default retirement age of 65 automatically at the end of 2011 was withdrawn, following an assurance that the Government would take action on the default retirement age ‘as soon as reasonably practical’. The default retirement age is already the subject of an ongoing review by the Government

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March 17, 2010

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