Equality Act 2010 codes of practice on employment, services and equal pay

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s new codes of practice on employment, services and equal pay, reflecting the Equality Act 2010 as commenced on 1 October 2010, came into force on 6 April 2011.

They replace five existing codes issued by the predecessor bodies to the EHRC. The new codes are aimed primarily at the specialist reader: courts or employment tribunals; lawyers; HR specialists.

The codes are admissible in evidence in civil proceedings. Failure to comply with a code must be taken into account by a court or tribunal, where relevant.

Personalisation briefing: Implications of the Equality Act

Social Care Institute for Excellence SCIE

This ‘At a glance briefing’ examines the implications of the Equality Act 2010 for personalised adult social care.

The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework which can support personalisation in adult social care. They are both about ensuring individuals receive services that are respectful, effective and accessible. It is essential that care providers from all sectors understand the implications for them.

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Handbook on European non-discrimination law

The Handbook on European non-discrimination law, jointly produced by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, is a comprehensive guide to non-discrimination law and relevant key concepts.

The handbook, published in March 2011, is the first publication to present and explain the body of non-discrimination law stemming from the European Convention on Human Rights and European Union law as a single, converging legal system.

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EU guide on public procurement

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In 2011, the European Commission published ‘Buying Social. A Guide to Taking Account of Social Considerations in Public Procurement’.

The new guide is a very concrete tool to help public authorities to buy goods and services in a socially responsible way in line with EU rules. It also highlights the contribution public procurement can make to stimulate greater social inclusion.

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Rights of Women handbook: ‘From Rights to Action’

Rights of Women

‘From Rights to Action: Using International rights and mechanisms on violence against women in the UK’ was published in 2011 by Rights of Women. 

The handbook provides a practical introduction to the international human rights law, policy and mechanisms relevant to combating violence against women and how they relate to law and practice in the United Kingdom (UK).

The publication is part of the Rights of Women Toolkit.

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Rights of women has a limited number of printed copies available for distribution which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To order a printed copy, please send your name, job title and organisation’s contact details to info@row.org.uk.

TUC guidance on disability and work

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‘Disability and Work: a trade union guide to the law and good practice’ was published in 2011.

It is the second edition of this popular guide, written to assist unions in challenging discrimination and in negotiating good policy and practice.

It includes up-to-date case studies, examples of audits and monitoring, and a full resource list.

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Briefing on the gaps between GB and Northern Ireland equality law

Equality Commision Northern Ireland ECNI

In January 2011, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland published a briefing note on ‘The gaps between GB and NI equality law’.

The note highlights the gaps between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland equality law following the introduction of the Equality Act 2010 last April.

The provisions of the Act, apart from a few minor exceptions, only apply to GB and do not change equality law in NI.

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ECU guidance: ‘Trans staff and students in higher education’

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In May 2010, the Equality Challenge Unit published updated guidance: ‘Trans staff and students in higher education’.

The guidance for higher education institutions covers issues relating to trans staff and students. It will help institutions to meet their legal responsibilities, ensure their policies and procedures better meet the needs of trans people, and most importantly, provide effective support to staff and students during transition.

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Transitions Employment Services for refugees

Transitions is a specialist social enterprise employment business in London that provides recruitment and work placement services to employers and to professional people who have become refugees in the UK. 

Transitions also works collaboratively with the network of refugee assisting organisations in London to enable candidates to access employment related services that exist for them.

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