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This page summarises some key proposed changes. There are also links to more detailed pages on particular areas. The proposed changes do not necessarily apply to Northern Ireland.
June 2013: PSED review - report due.
1st October 2013 Repeal of specific employer liability for third party harassment
Autumn 2013 'Rights for shares' - employee-shareholders with fewer employment rights (Equality Act rights not affected)
NB: timetable is provisional.
This Act received Royal Assent in April 2013. Many of the changes outlined below are in this Act.
Major changes are happening in this area. They include:
Many of the changes are included in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. For more: Proposed employment changes: Resolving workplace disputes.
The idea of this is to get rid of unnecessary red tape.
In summary, three employment provisions are being repealed:
A review of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is currently underway. It has been extended to cover not only the specific duties but also the general duty, "to establish whether the Duty is operating as intended". See Proposed changes: PSED.
The Government is cutting back the powers and duties of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Its staff is also being very substantially reduced. See EHRC: Proposals for reform 2011-2012.
Most of the Equality Act came into force on 1st October 2010, but a very small number of provisions have yet to take effect. More on Equality Act 2010...
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