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Equality Act 2010: Employment Statutory Code of Practice

Equality and Human Rights Commission
TSO (The Stationery Office)

The 'Employment Statutory Code of Practice' covers discrimination in employment and work-related activities under Part 5 of the Equality Act 2010, which consolidates and replaces the previous discrimination legislation for England, Scotland and Wales.

The Act covers discrimination because of:

  • age;

  • disability;

  • gender reassignment;

  • marriage and civil partnership;

  • pregnancy and maternity;

  • race, religion or belief;

  • sex; and

  • sexual orientation.

Part 5 is based on the principle that people with the protected characteristics set out in the Act should not be discriminated against in employment, when seeking employment, or when engaged in occupations or activities related to work.

The main purpose of this Code is to provide a detailed explanation of the Act. This will assist courts and tribunals when interpreting the law and help lawyers, advisers, trade union representatives, human resources departments and others who need to apply the law and understand its technical detail

This is a Statutory Code which means it has been approved by the Secretary of State and laid before Parliament. It does not impose legal obligations nor is it an authoritative statement of the law; only the tribunals and the courts can provide such authority. However, the Code can be used in evidence in legal proceedings brought under the Act.Tribunals and courts must take into account any part of the Code that appears to them relevant to any questions arising in proceedings.

There are separate codes covering Equal pay and Services, public functions and associations, listed below.

Extent 322 pages ISBN 9780108509735
Size A4 Price £47.25
Format Paperback Published 26 Jan 2011
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