In October 2011, the TUC published an Equality Duty Toolkit.
The toolkit includes:
- a brief overview of the new equality duty in s.149 of the Equality Act 2010 which requires public authorities and those carrying out public functions to have ‘due regard’ to equality in all that they do
- a section explaining what having ‘due regard’ to equality means in practice, drawing on case law decided under the former race, disability and gender equality duties
- an ‘FAQ’ section
- checklists for union negotiators when dealing with a public authority that is making a decision which will impact on equality and when negotiating implementation of the new duty
- a draft letter which can be adapted and sent to public bodies who are not intending to carry out equality impact assessments.
The TUC has worked with John Halford of Bindman’s solicitors, who has successfully run public duties cases, and Barbara Cohen, independent discrimination law adviser, in developing this toolkit and the TUC thanks them for their contribution.
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