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Course Aims:

The aim of this podcast is to review the major aims and provisions of the new legislation. It will assess whether the Act will achieve its aim of “harmonising and simplifying” discrimination law, whether the law is now more robust, and what questions remain for practitioners. Specific attention is also given to new provisions on disability and health, equal pay, pregnancy and maternity rights and the controversial provisions on positive discrimination.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the background to the Act;
  • Understand the concept of a 'protected characteristic' and how it operates;
  • Be aware of the changes to the concept of direct discrimination;
  • Have considered whether discrimination law is now more robust than before;
  • Understand the new rights concerning disability discrimination;
  • Have considered whether the Act's provisions on equal pay can narrow the gender pay gap;
  • Be aware of the continuing debate concerning positive discrimination/positive action contained in the Act.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • Equality Act 2010;
  • Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd [1994] IRLR 482;
  • Coleman v Attridge Law and another C-303/06;
  • Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Lewisham v Malcolm [2008] IRLR 700 (HL);
  • Armstrong and others v Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Hospital Trust [2006] IRLR 124 (CA);
  • Enderby v Frenchay Health Authority and another [1993] IRLR 591 (ECJ).

This podcast discusses the Equality Act 2010 which received Royal Assent before the General Election. The Act is not yet implemented and this lively discussion serves as a review of its aims, major provisions and its likely implications for employment practitioners.

Podcast added: 23/06/10

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-06-27

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