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ERRA and discrimination law: an EOR guide
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA) received Royal Assent on 25 April. Its provisions affecting discrimination law will come into force over the next year. This article reviews the key changes. (...more)

EHRC guidance on managing religion and belief in the workplace
The Equality and Human Rights Commission's guidance aims to help employers understand how to deal with the manifestation of religion or belief at work.

Children and Families Bill expands rights
The Government's Children and Families Bill creates a new employment right to shared parental leave and pay, extends the right to time off work for ante-natal care to spouses and partners of pregnant women, and changes the provisions relating to the right to request flexible working. The Bill is currently going through Committee Stage in the House of Commons. (...more)

Age discrimination in services, public functions and associations
From 1 October 2012 the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) prohibits age discrimination in the provision of services, in the exercise of public functions and in relation to associations (Equality Act (Commencement No.9) Order 2012. From the same date, a Ministerial Order containing exceptions to the ban also took effect (Equality Act 2010 (Age Exceptions) Order 2012 SI 2012 No.2466).

Government consults on Equality Act changes
The Coalition Government is proposing to repeal the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 on employer liability for third-party harassment, the wider powers for employment tribunals to make action recommendations, and the statutory questionnaire procedure. (...more)

Specific duties Regulations laid
The Regulations that bring into force the specific public sector equality duty in England were laid before Parliament on 28 June 2011. The debate in the House of Lords is now expected to be in September 2011. (...more)

Consultation on age discrimination outside the workplace
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits age discrimination in the provision of services, the exercise of public functions, and by private clubs and other associations. These provisions will come into force in April 2012. The prohibition applies to discrimination because of age against anyone aged 18 and over. (...more)

Specific duties withdrawn
In an announcement that has shocked many in the equality and diversity world, the Government said on 17 March 2011 that it has withdrawn the draft Equality Act 2010 (Statutory Duties) Regulations 2011 for England issued on 12 January 2011 because "there is room to do more to strip out unnecessary process requirements". The Regulations, which set out the specific duties supporting the new public sector general equality duty, will be revised following a further review. (...more)

Government proposes employment law changes
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued a consultation setting out the Government's proposals for changing employment law. Most of the main proposals will affect discrimination cases. (...more)

Specific duties draft Regulations
The Government has issued draft Regulations setting out what the specific duties supporting the new public sector single equality duty will require public bodies to do. (...more)

Default retirement age to go
The Government has confirmed that the default retirement age (DRA), in accordance with which employees can be retired against their will without any legal remedy, will be abolished this year. The last day that employees can be forced to retire by means of the DRA is 30 September 2011.

Employment Code laid
The draft Equality Act Code of Practice on employment was laid before Parliament on 12 October 2010, together with draft Codes on equal pay and on services, public functions and associations. The Codes remain in draft form until such time as they have laid before Parliament for 40 days without objection and the Government makes the Order bringing them into force.

Equality duty consultation
The Government Equalities Office has published a consultation (Equality Act 2010: the public sector equality duty) on implementation via secondary legislation of the new single public sector equality duty provided for by the Equality Act 2010. (...more)

Definition of disability
The Equality Act repeals all previous discrimination legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act. The Office for Disability Issues has launched a consultation on the guidance to be issued under the Equality Act on matters to be taken into account in determining questions relating to the definition of disability. (...more)

Default retirement age to go
The Government has published a consultation document announcing that the national default retirement age (DRA) of 65 is to be abolished next year. Under its proposals, no new retirement notices under the statutory procedure will be valid from 6 April 2011. The DRA itself and the statutory retirement procedures will be abolished on 1 October 2011. (...more) 

EHRC issues guidance
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a set of non-statutory guidance on the Equality Act 2010. (...more) 

Equality Bill: House of Lords Report Stage
The Government’s Equality Bill is nearing the completion of its passage through Parliament. (...more)

Equality Bill Lords Committee Stage
The Government’s Equality Bill completed its Committee Stage in the House of Lords on 9 February 2010, an extra day having been added to those originally scheduled. ...(more)

Equality Bill Commons Report Stage
The Government’s Equality Bill had its Report Stage and Third Reading in the House of Commons on 2 December 2009. There were some significant changes to the Bill at Report Stage. ...(more

Equality Bill Committee Stage
The Committee Stage of the Equality Bill in the House of Commons was completed on 7 July 2009 after 20 sittings. …(more

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