The new Equality Act - bringing it all together

25 October 2010

The Equality Act brings nine separate pieces of legislation together in one single Act simplifying the law and strengthening it in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality. There's a wealth of guidance on the Act now beginning to emerge - here's a quick round up some of the most recent guidance, pulled together in one place for ease of reference.

Your starter for 10: the Equality and Human Rights Commission
An online starter kit to help ensure that the private, public and voluntary sectors understand their obligations under the new Equality Act.  The starter kit splits The Act into nine 'bite-size' modules setting out the essential points of the legislation and how the Act applies to:

  • managing a team;
  • personnel changes;
  • flexible working and time off;
  • an overview of the law;
  • strategy and planning; and
  • service delivery for service providers.

Organisations can encourage their employees to work through the modules or they can be used as the basis for in-house training. The modules show how the Act applies to Both the starter kit and guidance are available to download from the Commission’s website at:

Implications for employers: a guide from NHS Employers
The Equality Act has particular implications for employers and the NHS. This briefing aims to give the latest position and understanding about the Equality Act from a human resources perspective. It provides a tick list for what needs doing as from October 1 in relation to the employment implications for the NHS and a very useful 'at a glance' chart showing what's new and what's changed.

Click here to access the NHS Employers briefing

Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know?
Some simple guides from the Government Equalities Office (GEO)
Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know? is a series of summary guides and "Quick Start" guides to the key changes in the law, produced by the Government Equalities Office in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce, Citizens Advice, ACAS and the Equality and Diversity Forum, to support implementation of the Act.

These simple guides set out clearly what the new laws will mean for business, the public sector, the voluntary sector and the public, helping people understand their new responsibilities and rights in the work place and when providing or accessing goods or services.

Click here to access the GEO guidance