Take care when responding to PQQs and tenders – you may need to update your policies on Equality, Discrimination etc.
On 1st October 2010, most of the Equality Act 2010 came into force combining all of the existing legislation on discrimination into one single statute. It is designed to protect individuals against discrimination on the grounds of ‘protected characteristics’, which are Age; Disability; Gender Re-assignment; Race; Religion or Belief; Sex; Sexual Orientation; Marriage & Civil Partnership; Pregnancy and Maternity.
In essence this new Act would replace existing anti-discrimination such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.
In theory, a single Equality Policy should replace a number of other policies (eg Disability Discrimination and Sex Discrimination) but it is quite possible that PQQ questions will continue to ask for a stack of policies for every aspect of this subject.
Let’s see how it goes but in the meantime, do get your policies checked / updated.