The Equality Act 2010: What All Employers Need to Know

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The Equality Act 2010 consolidates and replaces a host of statute, regulations and case law in relation to equality and discrimination in the UK.

Moreover, the Act creates new rights, rules and responsibilities in relation to the "protected characteristics" of Disability, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual Orientation and Gender Reassignment.

All British organisations employing staff (and many others besides) are affected by this far-reaching new legislation.

Accordingly, it is crucial for all employers to understand the changes laid out in the Act and take the appropriate action in order to avoid unwanted – and expensive – legal liabilities.

This article provides an overview of some of the most important changes set out in the Act and some general pointers on how employers might best react to these developments.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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