There has been a flurry of activity since last month’s announcement that the implementation of the core provisions of the Equality Act 2010 will take place on 1 October. Both the Equality and Human Rights Commission and ACAS have published guides on these measures, which will bring all Britain’s main anti-discrimination and equal pay measures together into a coherent whole. The associated codes of practice, currently available in draft, are expected to be finalised shortly.
The provisions introducing a new public sector equality duty across all the main discrimination strands will not be commenced in October. Until this happens – and the timetable is still uncertain – the existing gender, race and disability duties will continue to apply, with some minor updating. When implemented, the new equality duty will apply to most NHS bodies, as well as many other public authorities.
There is more background information on the employment provisions of the Act in our briefing, which was published earlier this year, before the Coalition Government was elected.