The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was set up in 2007 and has responsibility for all the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
EHRC Guidance for Workers
The Commission has written a series of guides to explain your rights under equality law. These guides support the Equality Act 2010 which brings together lots of different equality laws, many of which we have had for a long time. By doing this, the Act makes equality law simpler and easier to understand.
- Your rights to equality at work: when you apply for a job
- Your rights to equality at work: working hours, flexible working and time off
- Your rights to equality at work: pay and benefits
- Your rights to equality at work: training, development, promotion and transfer
- Your rights to equality at work: how you are managed
- Your rights to equality at work: dismissal, redundancy, retirement and after you have left a job
- Pre-employment health questionnaires for job applicants
- Telling people about your disability or health when you apply for a job (Easy read)
- The employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments to remove barriers for disabled people
- What to do if you’ve been discriminated against
- Equality Act 2010 Code of Practice on employment
- Equality Act 2010 Code of Practice on equal pay
Codes of Practice
The EHRC has produced Codes of Practice on Employment, Services and Equal Pay. The main purpose of the Codes of Practice is to provide detailed explanations of the provisions in the Act and to apply legal concepts in the Act to everyday situations. This will assist courts and tribunals when interpreting the law and help lawyers, advisers, trades union representatives, human resources departments and others who need to apply the law. As with the Act, the Codes apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
The Codes set out clearly and precisely what the legislation means. They draw on precedent and case law and explain the implications of every clause in technical terms. These statutory codes are the authoritative source of advice for anyone who wants a rigorous analysis of the legislation’s detail. For lawyers, advocates and human resources experts in particular, they will be invaluable.
The Codes do not impose legal obligations in themselves and they are not an authoritative statement of the law. However, tribunals must take into account any relevant provision in the Codes.
Last Updated: [06/01/2022]