Single Equalities Bill
Wednesday 9th December 2009
At NUT Hamilton House
London WC1H 9BD
Organised by The Institute of Employment Rights
About the conference
The Single Equalities Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons in April. It follows decades of legislation on sex, race and disability legislation and the introduction of significant changes to legislation in the last 12 years including upgraded maternity and paternity leave, regulations on sexual orientation, age and religion and belief and the introduction of gender, disability and race equality duties.
Despite existing laws, women are still paid less than men, with part-time women earning less than 65% of the hourly rate of full-time men. 30,000 women lose their jobs every year because they are pregnant; disabled workers are twice as likely to be unemployed as others; youth unemployment has jumped to a 16-year high of 726,000; and a ‘sticky floor’ exists for ethnic minorities in terms of advancement in the workplace. LGBT workers continue to face harassment, particularly in education. Workers who are multiply disadvantaged by their sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation and/or age are particularly vulnerable to discrimination and the legal remedies available in respect of such multiple discrimination are woefully inadequate.
It is appropriate, then, that trade unionists consider the many significant features of the new Bill including, in particular:
• The Single Equality Duty which will require public bodies to examine the requirements of their workforce and reduce inequality
• the positive action provision which would allow (but not require) employers to take some steps to redress existing disadvantage.
However, there is disappointment that that the Equality Bill does not go further in taking steps to tackle the gender pay gap, particularly in the private sector where it stands at over 20 per cent. The Bill also denies protection against homophobic harassment by school authorities, by the owners and managers of properties and by the providers of services.
This conference will follow the format of the very successful Women at Work conference last December. It will provide a timely opportunity for an in-depth critique of the Bill. It will bring together some of the finest academics, trade unionists and legal practitioners, offering delegates an informed and sympathetic understanding of the latest developments in the Equalities Bill.
- 10:00 Registration and coffee
- 10.15 Welcome from Chair
- 10:30 Vera Baird QC MP + 5 mins Q&A
Topic: The New Equalities Bill: Green light for positive action on equalities?
- 11.00 – Prof Aileen McColgan
- 11:30 Tea and coffee
Topic: Using the Equalities Bill to end the Gender Pay Gap
- 11:40 – Victoria Phillips, Thompsons Solicitors
- 12:10 The Gender Pay Gap and TU Campaigning- Diana Holland, Unite and Liane Venner, Unison
- 13:10 LUNCH (Not Provided)
Topic: The New Equalities Bill: The Public Duty Requirement and UK unions
- 14:10 – Sarah Veale, TUC
- 14:40 The view from the public sector- Lorna Campbell, PCS
Topic: The New Equalities Bill: Institutionalising Hierarchies?
- 15:10 – Prof Mary Davis
- 15:40 Discussion
- 16.00 Close
Who should attend
The seminar will be of great interest to trade unionists, employment lawyers, personnel specialists, academics and students and those concerned with the development of public policy.
How to book
To reserve your place, complete the form below and send your cheque, made payable to IER, to Institute of Employment Rights, The People’s Centre, 50-54 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SD.
Tel 0151 702 6925; fax 0151 702 6935; email@example.com
CPD, NPP and EPP accreditation
This seminar counts for 3.5 credit hours under the Law Society’s Continuing Development Scheme and the General Council of the Bar’s New Practitioners’ Programme and Established Practitioners’ Programme.
Details of nearby hotels are available from the office. Name changes are accepted up until the time of the event. Delegates who advise IER of their cancellation more than 15 working days in advance will receive a credit note with 10% deduction for administration.
How to get there
Nearest tube and train King’s Cross and Euston
IER subscribers and members £75.00
Trade unions £90.00
Book your place now!
Or please return completed form (attached below) to IER, The People’s Centre, 50-54 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5SD. Tel 0151 702 6925 Fax 0151 702 6935.