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Caroline Waters: The Equality Act and HR

As the Red Tape Challenge website focuses on equality, Caroline Waters, BT’s director of people and policies, talks about the impact the Equality Act has had on business.

I have worked in this space for many years now and have seen many changes for the better. There is no doubt that we have come a long way since the Dagenham machinists had to strike for the right to the same pay as their male colleagues. Businesses are now taking their responsibility much more seriously than before and many have auditable processes in place.

While legislation clearly doesn’t hold all the answers, I believe the Equality Act has created a clear framework in which we can look at the concept of total inclusion at work and in society and move away from the ‘strands’ that simply don’t reflect the complexity of real life and real people.

The Act makes equality law easier to understand and implement. It has also introduced much welcomed consistency, both between protected groups and between employees, customers and other individuals upon whom we as businesses have an impact.

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July 25, 2011

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