The Government published a green paper, ‘Improving Lives’, on work, disability and health in October 2016. The Government also launched an open consultation seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. The consultation is open until 17 February 2017.
The Equality Act 2010 (Commencement No.11) Order 2016 (SI 839/2016) brought section 78 of the Equality Act 2010 into force on 22 August 2016.
In March 2016, the Government published ‘Talent Action Plan for 2016, Removing the barriers to success’.
In March 2016, EUmatters published an article on Brexit and working women’s rights.
On 25 October 2015, the Prime Minister announced new measures to eradicate gender inequality in the work place and remove barriers to women’s success.
In August 2015, the European Commission published a Roadmap as part of an initiative to address the low participation of women in the labour market.
A government amendment to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-2015 will introduce mandatory gender pay reporting for large companies.
In December 2014, the Government announced the roll-out of an ‘older workers’ champion scheme across every part of the UK to tackle age discrimination, from April 2015.
On 1 October 2014, the Government announced the introduction of regulations to ensure employers meet equal pay legislation requirements.
In August 2014, the Scottish Government called for further powers to deliver at least 40 per cent female representation on public boards.