Equality Act 2010 – Acas publishes guidance on changes affecting employmentTuesday, July 13th, 2010
The Equality Act 2010 comes into force from October 2010. It replaces, amends and enhances the protections in existing age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity legislation.
There are also a number of new requirements, in particular
- employers may be liable if their employees are harassed by persons external to their business, such as suppliers and customers
- with few exceptions, pre-employment health checks may no longer be sent to prospective employees
- if employers are found guilty of discrimination, they can be required to change their policies and practices
- provisions in employment contracts that require employees to keep their wage rates or salaries secret within the business are unenforceable.