Equality Act Implementation

Sunday, 04 July 2010

The Government Equalities Office announced on 3 July that "the first wave of implementation of the Equality Act will go ahead to the planned October timetable" and the first commencement order is being published in Parliament this week.

In the press release, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Theresa May said:

"By making the law easier to understand, the Equality Act will help business treat staff fairly and meet the needs of a diverse customer base. The law will be easier to understand and better able to protect people from discrimination.

"Implementing the Equality Act to the planned timetable makes clear our commitment to equality. A successful economy needs the full participation of all its citizens and we are committed to implementing the Act in the best way for business."

The Government Equalities Office also launched on 5 July the first of a series of "What do I need to know?" guides to the Equality Act. These can be viewed and downloaded here.