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Equality Act will not increase positive action in recruitment, say industry experts

Industry experts have poured cold water on government hopes that the new Equality Act will encourage employers to take positive action in recruitment.

The Act, which becomes law in October after the Equality Bill was passed by Parliament last week, will enable employers to favour under-represented groups during recruitment processes - provided the candidates are of equal suitability - to increase the diversity of their workforces.

But Audrey Williams, partner at law firm Eversheds, warned it is "far from obvious" when individuals could be legitimately considered 'as qualified' as others.

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April 13, 2010

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