01 April 2011

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (TEHRC) has published a number of codes of practice for The Equality Act that comes into force from 6 April 2011. According to their press release they say;

“This is the most significant piece of equality legislation for many years. It simplifies streamlines and strengthens the law. It gives individuals greater protection from unfair discrimination and makes it easier for employers and companies to understand their responsibilities. It also sets a new standard for those who provide public services to treat everyone, with dignity and respect.

In line with our statutory powers, we have produced Codes of Practice on employment; services, public functions and associations; and equal pay. The purpose of these Codes of Practice is to explain the new statutory provisions of the Equality Act. The Codes will help to ensure that the law is applied consistently by lower courts and tribunals. They will also help make the law accessible to a wider audience, such as those who have obligations and those who have rights - or their representatives.

The Codes set out clearly and precisely what the legislation means. They draw on precedent and case law and explain the implications of every clause in technical terms. These statutory codes are the authoritative source of advice for anyone who wants a rigorous analysis of the legislation's detail. For lawyers, advocates and human resources experts in particular, they will be invaluable.”