Government confirms Equality Act to be implemented as planned

// 3 July 2010

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Via the UK Press Association:

Theresa May (image via UKPA)Minister backs gender equality law

The Government is to go ahead with Labour legislation which could require employers to disclose whether they pay women as much as men, it has been announced.

Home Secretary Theresa May, who is also the Equalities Minister, said that the implementation of the Equality Act, which was passed into law in the last Parliament, would go ahead as planned from next October.

Mrs May said that the new law – which brings together nine separate pieces of legislation into a single act – would reduce the burden on business by making it easier to comply with anti-discrimination rules.

However the CBI expressed disappointment that the new Government had not taken the opportunity to drop provisions requiring firms to conduct a “gender pay audit” if there is evidence of “unfairness”.

Katja Hall, the CBI director of human resources policy, said that the measure was likely to be misleading and could prove counter-productive in addressing the “gender pay gap”.

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Mrs May said said that implementing the act in accord with the planned timetable demonstrated the new coalition Government’s commitment to equality.

She said: “By making the law easier to understand, the Equality Act will help businesses treat staff fairly and meet the needs of a diverse customer base. The law will be easier to understand and better able to protect people from discrimination. A successful economy needs the full participation of all its citizens and we are committed to implementing the Act in the best way for business.”

Comments From You

cim // Posted 3 July 2010 at 5:42 pm

So according to the CBI, there should be no problem with a business in which all the director are men and all the poorly-paid cleaners are women, because if they happened to later recruit a woman as a director (which they wouldn’t, but if they did), they’d pay them the same as the men.

earwicga // Posted 3 July 2010 at 6:12 pm

‘bort’, who dislikes this act, will be terribly disappointed at this decision. In his own words:

“I am a white, working, single male living in rented accomodation. I am heterosexual with no disabilities, and have no children or other dependants. I am probably among the most discriminated against in this country.”

He also adds

“I am all for equality, but I would like my equality to be equal.”

http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/restoring-civil-liberties/actual-equality

Troon // Posted 3 July 2010 at 6:44 pm

‘bort’: retry and fail?

Helen G // Posted 3 July 2010 at 6:59 pm

‘Fail’, I think. Not least for confusing the words “discriminated against” with “privileged”.

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