The Equality Bill is currently being debated in the House of Commons. In expectation of the Bill being passed and coming into effect in October 2011, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission ("EHRC") has begun consulting on draft Codes of Practice and Guidance.
There are three separate draft Codes of Practice currently under consultation - employment; equal pay; and services, public functions and associations. The consultation is open until 2 April 2010. There are also three draft non-statutory Guides under consultation – employment; services, public functions and associations; and education. Two versions of each Guide have been produced – one for those with rights and one for those with responsibilities under the Bill. The consultation on the draft Guides remains open until 16 April 2010