Law firm warns on equality control

Dale Band

A Cornish law firm is urging businesses to familiarise themselves with the changes due to come into effect next month as a result of the Equality Act 2010.

Nalders Solicitors says now is the time for employers to ensure that all their employment affairs are in order.

Dale Band, head of employment at Nalders explained: “The Equality Act 2010 has been hailed as the most significant piece of equality legislation for a generation, simplifying the law and strengthening it in important ways to help tackle discrimination and inequality.

“It represents a much needed attempt to simplify and harmonise the law, which may help reduce the burden on businesses. However, businesses will need to get to grips with the new legislation before this is achieved.”

“We strongly advise employers to check policies and procedures in their staff handbook, to ensure that equal opportunities and harassment policies are updated where necessary. We also recommend that recruitment processes are reviewed, in particular job advertisements and interview techniques, to ensure compliance.”