The ban on age discrimination in the provision of services came into force on 1 October 2012.
In September 2012, the Cabinet Office updated its Procurement Pledge to support the role of the voluntary and community sector.
On 14 September 2012, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced ‘new steps to give firms more flexibility and confidence in managing their workforce and to reduce employment law red tape’.
In September 2012, the European Parliament voted to protect victims of crime – including rape, harassment, hate crime and trafficking – across the EU.
The European Commission has written to the BHA to say it will investigate whether UK legislation around state funded ‘faith’ schools breaches European employment laws in relation to religion or belief discrimination.
In July 2012, the Government published a response to its consultation on Charging Fees in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
In June 2012, the Council of the European Union adopted a Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy with an Action Plan to put it into practice.
Changes to the family migration Immigration Rules came into effect on 9 July 2012 that will affect non-EEA nationals using the family migration route.
On 8 June 2012, the UK signed the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
A Early Day Motion tabled in June 2011 states that ‘That this House is deeply concerned that the Government is ignoring the result of its own consultation on the future of the EHRC…’.