Equality Act 2010
The new Equality Act 2010 comes into force today (1 October 2010) drawing together nine separate pieces of legislation into one single Act.
This landmark legislation strengthens, harmonises and streamlines 40 years of equality legislation, providing protection from discrimination across all the âprotected characteristicsâ: age, disability, sex (including gender reassignment), race, religion and belief, and sexual orientation.
> view the Equality Act 2010
> The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a series of useful guidance explaining the act and providing practical examples of how the law has changed, including:
- guidance for workers (covering applying for a job, working hours, flexible working, time off, pay and benefits, training development, promotion and transfer, dismissall, redundancy and retirement) > click here to read this EHRC guidance
- guidance for service users (including rights to equality from businesses providing goods, facilities or services to the public, rights to equality from the criminal and civil justice systems and national security, rights to equality from local councils, government departments and immigration) > click here to read this EHRC guidance