The Equality Act 2010: employment implications for the NHS - October 2010


15 / 10 / 2010

This Briefing ‘The Equality Act 2010: employment implications for the NHS’  aims to give the latest position and understanding about the Equality Act from a human resources perspective. It also aims to help NHS organisations to ensure that they are fulfilling the requirements of the Act by giving useful checklists and top tips. 

The Briefing includes:

  • background information on the Act and what it means
  • explanation of the concepts and definitions used in the Equality Act
  • timetable for implementation
  • information on the nine protected characteristics and the public sector Equality Duty
  • a checklist of what NHS organisation must do from October 2010
  • top tips for implementation

The Equality Act will be the primary reference point for employers in England in relation to discrimination, harassment and equality in the workplace. It brings together and strengthens the existing provisions contained within a range of equalities legislation.  It also introduces some new provisions; changes and extends the coverage and protection for certain groups; and clarifies and simplifies certain concepts and definitions.  The Act comes with particular implications for employers and NHS.

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