What the Equality Act means for you

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  • 1. The Equality Act 2010 What the new Act means for you
  • 2. Contents 1. Purpose of the Act 2. What does this mean for society? 3. Overview of sectors covered by the Act 4. Protected Characteristics 5. Prohibited Conduct 6. Other Key provisions 7. Timescales 8. Codes and Guidance 9. Further information
  • 3. Purpose of the Act Strengthening, harmonising and streamlining 40 years of equalities legislation: Strengthening: improving the effectiveness of equality legislation Harmonising: providing the same levels of protection from discrimination across all the protected characteristics and all sectors, where appropriate Streamlining: simplifying and consolidating approximately 116 pieces of separate equality legislation
  • 4. Protected Characteristics
    • Age
    • Disability
    • Gender reassignment
    • Marriage and civil partnership
    • 5. Pregnancy and maternity
    6. Race 7. Religion and belief 8. Sex 9. Sexual orientation
  • 5. Where does the Act apply?
    • Services and Public Functions
    • Premises
    • Work
    • Education
    • Associations, including Political Parties
  • 6. So, what does this mean for society? Here are four examples:
    • Extending the equality duty to require the public sector to take into account the needs of all protected groups (except marital and civil partnership status).
    • 2. Protecting disabled people from potentially discriminatory questions in the recruitment process.
    • 3. Protecting carers from discrimination.
    • 4. Protecting pregnant women and mothers from discrimination when using services etc.
  • 7. Prohibited Conduct
    • Direct discrimination, including by association and perception.
    • Indirect discrimination – now covers all characteristics.
    • 3. Pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
  • 8. Prohibited conduct
    • Harassment.
    • 2. Third party harassment.
    • 3. Discrimination arising from disability.
    • 4. Duty to make reasonable adjustments.
  • 9. Other Key Provisions
    • Public Sector Equality Duty to have due regard to
    • the need to:
    • Eliminate discrimination, harassment and
    • victimisation
    • Advance Equality of Opportunity
    • Foster good relations
    • Positive Action provisions permits proportionate action to overcome disadvantage, meet needs and tackle under representation.
  • 10. Timescales October 2010: The majority of the Act’s provisions come into force on 1 October 2010. 5 April 2011 : Public Sector Equality Duty and specific duties in Wales. September 2011: Specific Duties in England and non-devolved bodies. 2013: Gender pay gap regulations (awaiting government clarification) and political parties publishing diversity data.
  • 11. Statutory Codes October 2010: Employment; Services, Public Functions and Associations; and Equal Pay. TBC 2011: Further and Higher Education and Schools TBC 2011: Public Sector Equality Duty Under discussion: Housing and Premises; Transport .
  • 12. EHRC Non Statutory Guidance July 2010 : Employment; Services; Education. January 2011: Public Sector Equality Duty.
  • 13. How do I find out more? Visit www.equalityhumanrights.com/ea2010 for the Commission’s Codes of Practice, guidance and starter kit. You can also contact [email_address] with any queries. For general questions you can call the Equality and Human Rights Commission Helpline: England: 0845 604 6610 Scotland : 0845 604 5510 Wales : 0845 604 8810.
  • 14. End of Presentation www.equalityhumanrights.com/ea2010
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