Equality Act codes of practice will take effect on 6 April 2011

The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) statutory codes of practice on the Equality Act 2010 will take effect on 6 April 2011.

The Equality Act 2010 came into force in October 2010. A revocation order, which was laid before Parliament on 16 March 2011, will revoke the various statutory codes of practice that covered the pre-October 2010 discrimination legislation on 6 April 2011.

For further information, and to access the EHRC’s codes of practice, please click here.

On a related note, the Government has launched a consultation today on reforming the EHRC so that it concentrates on carrying out its core activities and provides “greater transparency, accountability and value for money.” Under the proposals, the EHRC, amongst other things, would concentrate on:

1. Promoting awareness of equality legislation so that individuals and employers understand their rights and obligations;

2. Assisting organisations in highlighting good practice, eliminating unlawful discrimination and advancing equality of opportunity;

3. Monitoring compliance with equality legislation;

4. Addressing non-compliance with equality legislation, including helping individuals to bring test cases to clarify and enforce the law; and

5. Helping the Government to evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of the Equality Act 2010.

The consultation closes on 15 June 2011.