The Equality Act 2010 became law on 1st October 2010. The new act replaces previous legislation including the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Act 1995 and aims to simplify, update and ensure consistency across the board.
The Equality Act 2010 covers the following:-
Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.
Other areas that are also covered include a requirement to disclose pay rates of employees if there could be grounds for discrimination and some restrictions with regard to pre-employment health checks. Most of the legislation will remain unaffected but some will change. For example an employee will be able to complain of harassment even if it is not directed at them as long as they can demonstrate that it creates an offensive environment.
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