Equality Bill gets through

Tuesday, 06 April 2010

The Equality Act received Royal Assent on 8 April and will take effect from the Autumn.

The House of Commons accepted without a vote the various amendments made by the House of Lords to the Equality Bill and the Bill has now received Royal Assent.

The new Act will introduce new rights for carers, protecting them from being discriminated against because of their caring role in the workplace and in the provision of goods and services.

The parts of the Act which consolidate and replace existing legislation will come into effect in October 2010. There will be a phased introduction of new requirements such as the single equality duty for the public sector (April 2011) and age protection outside the workplace (April 2012).

Employers for Carers will be examining the practical implications of the new Act for employers and is offering dedicated training on what it will mean in practice in relation to carers in the workplace (Compliance on equalities: new rights for carers at work).

Contact us on 020 7378 4956 or email employers@carersuk.org for further details of our equality training.

If you join Employers for Carers you can access our full range of services and receive training and consultancy at reduced rates.