The Equality Act - leaders and managers

This article is part of a series from Good Practice, offered to ICAS members as part of the ICAS mentoring programme.

About the Equality Act

The Equality Act came into force in October 2010, bringing together nine major pieces of equality and discrimination legislation.

In this interview, we speak to employment lawyer Elin Pinnell of Capital Law about what the Equality Act covers and its implications for leaders and managers.

About Capital Law

Capital Law is a leading provider of commercial legal services to private and public sector clients throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. The organisation works across a range of disciplines, including Employment Law, Corporate and Commercial Law and HR Consultancy.

Interview overview

This interview on the Equality Act (running time 16 minutes) covers the following:

  • what the Equality Act 2010 is designed to achieve, and the legislation it replaces
  • key changes to equality and discrimination law under the Act
  • differences to how and when the Equality Act is applied in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • what leaders and managers need to know and do in order to comply with the Equality Act
  • how public sector equality duties such as the Gender Equality Duty and the Disability Equality Duty are affected by the Act
  • what leaders and managers can do to develop their understanding of the legal issues that the Equality Act addresses

Find out more

More information on the Equality Act can be found at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, the Government Equalities Office and ACAS.


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