Equal pay guide for small businesses

On 2 September 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the British Chambers of Commerce published a quick and easy guide to help employers ensure they comply with equal pay laws.

The process is relatively simple for a small organisation and should take no longer than four hours, according to the guidance.

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Liberty booklet on the Human Rights Act debate

‘Common Sense: Reflections on the Human Rights Act’ brings together 10 articles on the Human Rights Act covering the origins and intentions of the Act, how it works in practice and the context behind current political debates about its future.

The booklet by Francesca Klug, Shami Chakrabarti, Helena Kennedy QC, Alan Miller and Monica McWilliams is published by Liberty.

The series was first published on the Guardian’s Comment is Free website as Blogging the Bill of Rights. Written or edited by Francesca Klug (Director of the Human Rights Project, LSE) between January and May 2010, the series includes contributions from Shami Chakrabarti (Director of Liberty), Alan Miller (Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission), Monica McWilliams (Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission) and Helena Kennedy QC (barrister and member of the House of Lords). It also contains an appendix with selected illustrations of how the HRA has operated in the courts, by Helen Wildbore. The title of the booklet recalls Tom Paine’s pamphlet of the same name, published in 1776.

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EHRC guide to the UN Disability Convention

In July 2010, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. What does it mean for you?’

The guide will help disabled people to know what their rights are and how to use them. It will help people to challenge injustices and improve services for themselves and others and will help organisations understand what their responsibilities are.

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European Violence Against Women lobbying kit

In May 2009, the European Women’s Lobby Centre on Violence against Women published a lobbying kit ‘Towards a Strong Convention on all Forms of Male Violence against Women’.

The Council of Europe is preparing a Convention on ‘preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence’. This lobbying kit provides targeted information and tools designed to help the European Women’s Lobby, its members, supporters and NGO partners take action and work together towards a comprehensive, strong and effective Convention on all forms of male violence against women.

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EDF leaflet on the Lisbon Treaty

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The Equality and Diversity Forum published ‘The Lisbon Treaty – an introduction’ in March 2010.

The leaflet, by Gay Moon, Special Legal Advisor at the Equality and Diversity Forum, provides an overview of the Lisbon Treaty and its relevance to the equality agenda.

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Equality Commissions defend the Human Rights Act

On 30 March 2010, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) and the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) issued a joint statement in support of retaining and building upon the Human Rights Act 1998.

The statement was released to inform public debate ahead of the UK General Election of the risks inherent in proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a UK Bill of Rights.