Steve Vale, HR Consultant, investigates equalities legislation.

The history of equalities legislation in the UK now dates back nearly 45 years, with the Equal Pay Act having been introduced in 1970. This was followed by legislation on sex and race equality later in the 1970s, and disability legislation in the 1990s, before the introduction of legislation covering a wider range of protected characteristics during the Blair government, and the consolidation of all equalities legislation into the 2010 Equality Act. In the public sector, the concept of the Equality Duty has also been developed.

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