Framework for a Fairer Future - The New Legislative Landscape


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Presentation by John X Kelly from JISC Legal given at the "Equality and Diversity: promoting good practice in library work" course on the 17th November 2009.

Discusses, amongst other things, how the public sector should use it's buying power to ensure that it plays it's part in reducing inequality, especially in employment opportunities.

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Framework for a Fairer Future - The New Legislative Landscape

  1. 1. Framework for a Fairer Future - the New Legislative Landscape - CILIPS 17 November 2009
  2. 2. John X Kelly
  3. 3.
  4. 4. On the 24th April 2009 the ‘Equality Bill’ was introduced in the House of Commons and was published on April 27th with a view to achieving Royal Assent in the spring 2010 with the majority of its provisions taking effect in October next year (2010).
  5. 5. Strengthen equality law by: <ul><li>Socio-economic duty </li></ul><ul><li>New Equality Duty </li></ul><ul><li>Public procurement * </li></ul><ul><li>Age discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Gender pay * </li></ul><ul><li>Positive action * </li></ul><ul><li>Employment tribunals </li></ul><ul><li>Carers from discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Breastfeeding mothers </li></ul><ul><li>Private members’ clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled people </li></ul>
  6. 6. Socio-economic duty <ul><li>The duty is designed to affect how public bodies make strategic decisions about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SPENDING and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SERVICE DELIVERY. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. New Equality Duty <ul><li>Public bodies are already required by law to treat these people fairly and equally: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>people of different races </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>men and women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>disabled people </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. NEW duty will now apply to: <ul><li>people of different ages </li></ul><ul><li>gay, lesbian and bisexual people </li></ul><ul><li>transsexual people </li></ul><ul><li>people of different religions or belief </li></ul><ul><li>pregnant women </li></ul><ul><li>mothers who have just had a baby </li></ul>
  9. 9. Legislation Fatigue
  10. 10. Consolidation and Codification
  11. 11. Aspiration -> Action
  12. 12. Social class <ul><li>class trumps ability – </li></ul><ul><li>class trumps gender when it comes to life expectancy – </li></ul>
  13. 13. Organisations <ul><li>as Employers </li></ul><ul><li>as Service Providers </li></ul>
  14. 14. What does this mean in practice?
  15. 15. Discrimination <ul><li>is treating someone worse because: </li></ul><ul><li>they are a woman or a man </li></ul><ul><li>they are married or a civil partner </li></ul><ul><li>they are transsexual </li></ul><ul><li>they have a disability </li></ul><ul><li>they are straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual </li></ul><ul><li>they are pregnant or have just had a baby </li></ul><ul><li>of their age </li></ul><ul><li>of their race </li></ul><ul><li>of their religion or belief </li></ul>
  16. 16. Equal Pay? <ul><li>The Bill will ban pay secrecy or ‘gagging’ clauses which stop employees discussing their pay with their colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bill will contain a power to require reporting on the gender pay gap by employers with 250 or more employees. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bill includes powers for Ministers to require public authorities to report on equality issues. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Positive Discrimination?
  18. 18. Public Procurement <ul><li>Using purchasing power to promote and improve equality </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging suppliers to promote equality in their own workforces allows public service delivery to benefit from diverse skills and talents. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Ryanair ?
  20. 20. Summary Scottish PAs <ul><li>brings in equality reports </li></ul><ul><li>procurement is to drive equality </li></ul><ul><li>bans age discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>new Equality Duty </li></ul><ul><li>positive action in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>positive action in service delivery </li></ul>
  21. 21. Further Information <ul><li>The Government Equalities Office (GEO) department responsible for equalities legislation and policy in the UK. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Equality and Human Rights Commission </li></ul><ul><li>JISC Legal - </li></ul>