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Equality North East

EDF Update on the implementation of the Equality Act

The Equality and Diversity Forum thought it might be helpful to share our understanding of what is happening with implementation of the 2010 Equality Act.
On 3 July Ministers announced that the majority of provisions in the 2010 Equality Act will come into force on 1 October 2010. This is the same implementation date that the previous Government had planned for these provisions.

Decisions have yet to be made about when a number of other provisions will come into force, including:

•The public sector equality duty,
•Protection from age discrimination in access to goods, facilities and services,
•Dual discrimination,
•Civil partnerships in religious premises,
•Diversity reporting for political parties.
In addition, Ministers have yet to reach a view on whether three provisions should come into force and, if so, when. These are:

•Socio-economic duty
•The positive action ‘tie break’ clause in relation to employment, and
•Gender pay gap reporting requirements for the private and voluntary sectors.

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August 9, 2010

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