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An Overview of Positive Action under the Equality Act 2010

In this short video, our Senior Consultant, Pia Sanchez, and Associate, Pooja Dasgupta, explain positive action under the Equality Act 2010 and provide practical examples of positive action within the workplace, specifically focussing on race.

There has recently been a renewed focus on the global anti-racism movement and the need to drive long term change in respect of diversity and inclusion, both within the workplace and wider society. In the UK, pending the outcome of the Government’s consultation in relation to ethnicity pay gap reporting, there are many voluntary measures that employers can, and should, be considering, with a view to furthering their reinvigorated diversity aims.

The Equality Act 2010 allows employers to lawfully take positive action in certain specific circumstances; for example, to achieve greater participation of unrepresented groups who share a protected characteristic, such as race. Employers are often reluctant to apply these provisions in practice, for fear of getting it wrong. However, in the current climate, there has never been greater pressure upon employers to consider strategies that they can lawfully implement to ensure that their workforce is more representative of society.

In this video, Pia and Pooja discuss the following key issues:

1. What is positive action?
2. How does it differ to positive discrimination?
3. Examples of positive action in practice, including measures taken by well-known organisations.

If you would like to discuss any of the above issues in further detail or would like any guidance regarding positive action, and avoiding the potential pitfalls, please contact Senior Consultant Pia Sanchez or Associate Pooja Dasgupta, both of whom specialise in partnership and employment law issues for firms, partners, multi-national employers and senior executives. If you like this video, please do share with your colleagues and contacts.