A public consultation on the Equality Act 2010 specific duties took place in Autumn 2010. In January 2011, the Government published Equality Act 2010: The public sector Equality Duty. Promoting equality through transparency. Summary of responses to the consultation. The summary includes the Government’s response to the responses submitted.
On 13 January, Acas published guidance to coincide with the Government’s confirmation that the Default Retirement Age is to be phased out between 6 April and 1 October 2011.
‘Working without the default retirement age’ will help businesses adapt to the removal of the regulation.
Click here for link to guidance
Click here for link to announcement on the Default Retirement Age
On 13 January, the Government confirmed that Default Retirement Age is to be phased out between 6 April and 1 October 2011 and published a written response to its recent consultation on the issue, and new guidance by Acas to help businesses adapt to the removal of the regulation.
Click here for details of consultation and government response
Click here for Acas guidance
On 17 December 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) legal action against the British National Party (BNP) concluded with a judgment in the High Court.
In March the County Court ruled that the BNP’s constitution was racially discriminatory. The BNP Chairman, Nick Griffin failed to properly implement that judgment until EHRC took proceedings in the High Court. The BNP sought to have the County Court order overturned in the High Court but withdrew their application before the hearing and carried out the actions required by the order and revised their constitution. However, the BNP’s revised constitution had additional conditions for membership. The EHRC submitted that the revised constitution failed to comply with the order because these conditions were discriminatory and limited rights of certain members, such as the right to vote or attend meetings. In the high court on 17 December, the High Court did not rule in favour of EHRC on one technical point relating to home visits to BNP members by party officials. However, the BNP conceded 95% of EHRC’s case and made the required changes. EHRC will continue to monitor any changes to the BNP constitution to ensure membership is made genuinely accessible. If EHRC considers that it is not, it will take a view on whether further regulatory action is necessary.
Click here for EHRC statement
On 6 January 2011, the Equality and Diversity Forum responded to ‘Supporting a Stronger Civil Society. An Office for Civil Society consultation on improving support for frontline civil society organisations’.
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