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Equality Bill


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It was announced in 2008 that the various strands of anti-discrimination legislation are to be combined in a single Equality Bill. Additional changes to be included in the Bill include an extended equality duty on the public sector; extension of age discrimination rules to those providing goods, facilities, and services; a ban on secrecy clauses that prevent people discussing with colleagues what they are paid; and extension of positive action so that employers may, if they wish, take into account the under-representation of disadvantaged groups, when selecting between two equally qualified candidates. Employment tribunals will be allowed to make recommendations in discrimination cases, in order to benefit not only the applicant in the case but also the wider workforce (e.g. by recommending that the employer should review its policies on pay).

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