Equality Act

What does it mean for you?

The Equality Act 2010 received royal assent last month and will start to come into law in October.

The Act has two main purposes – to harmonise existing discrimination laws and to strengthen the law to support progress on equality.

There are various changes made by the Act which will have an impact on employers. For instance, pre-employment health enquiries will be outlawed unless they are made for prescribed reasons and, in some circumstances, employers may become liable for harassment by third parties in the workplace. The Act also allows businesses to discriminate positively in recruiting and promoting people from under-represented minority groups (as long as they are as well qualified for the job as other candidates).

As a consequence of the Act, it is important that businesses review their employment and recruitment policies to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination and harassment and to minimise the risk of claims.

For further advice relating the impact of the new legislation please contact our team at commercial@blasermills.co.uk