The Equality Act 2010 will have a major impact on employers in the public, private and the third sector. In addition to consolidating British anti-discrimination legislation, it also extends domestic anti-discrimination law. The Act purports to align British anti-discrimination legislation more closely with European Union law, and to address inconsistencies identified by the European Court of Justice.
This paper reports on collaborative research, undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of researchers based at Southampton Solent University, with legal, human resource management and social science perspectives. The research team is investigating the likely impact of the proposed legislation on employers, initially paying particular attention to the new provisions relating to positive action, disability discrimination and associative discrimination.
This paper provides an account of the preliminary research undertaken by the project team, and their consultation with employers including the National Health Service, Housing Associations, and others. The paper proposes training, education and development strategies aimed at helping organisations meet their obligations, including the development of accredited and non accredited short courses for employers. Research undertaken by the team will also underpin traditional undergraduate, postgraduate and professional University courses. This paper has a clear practice focus, and the themes within this paper encompass conference theme 4 Learning and Diversity.
|Keywords:||Equality, Diversity, Discrimination, Social Justice, Law and Business, Housing Policy, Human Resource Management|
Associate Dean (Enhancement), Southampton Business School, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Associate Lecturer in Law, Faculty of Business, Sport and Enterprise, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Senior Lecturer in Housing, Faculty of Media Arts and Society, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, Hampshire, UK
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