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  • Last updated: 27 Mar 2016

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It operates independently to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and protect and promote human rights. It contributes to making and keeping Britain a fair s...

  • Last updated: 20 Apr 2016

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission welcomes the aim of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to encourage and help more people into work (where they can, and are able to), in the context of the Government's commitments to reduce the deficit and reform the welfare system. However, we have concerns ...

  • Last updated: 22 Apr 2016

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) response to our letter re: Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015 - 2016, 13 October 2015. Download the letter here.

  • Last updated: 13 Oct 2016

    The Commission's letter to The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) re: Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015 - 2016, 16 September 2015. Download the full letter here.

  • Last updated: 27 Mar 2016

    October 2012 This briefing is provided in the context of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (the Commission’s) statutory power under section 11 of the Equality Act 2006 to monitor and advise on the effectiveness of equality and human rights law and the likely effect of a proposed change...

  • Last updated: 12 Jul 2017

    If you use British Sign Language you can contact us by using our SignVideo online interpreting service.

  • Last updated: 28 Mar 2018

    The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) is an advice service aimed at individuals who need expert information, advice and support.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 20 Oct 2016

    How to comply with equality law and implement good practice in all aspects of employment including recruitment, pay, working hours, managing staff and developing policies.

  • Last updated: 30 Oct 2017

    A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Equality Act brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act. Combined, they make up a new Act that provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

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    First Published: 01 Jan 2011

    This is a a code of practice that covers discrimination in services and public functions as set out in Part 3 of the Act and discrimination by associations.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 10 May 2016

    In line with our statutory powers, we have 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.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 17 Nov 2016

    The Commission is continuing to develop a range of guidance based on the Equality Act 2010 to support our stakeholders, and make it easier for them to make informed decisions about the Act. A key element of this guidance is the suite of statutory codes of practice, which explain the statutory provis...

  • Last updated: 03 May 2016

    The United Nations first accredited the Commission as an ‘A’ status National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in 2009. We became Great Britain’s first accredited NHRI and the UK’s second - joining the Northern Ireland Human Rights Institution which was awarded ‘A’ status in 2006. The UN r...

  • Last updated: 16 May 2016

    The Commission chairs the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions' working group on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

  • Last updated: 16 May 2016

    This is where you can read about the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions' (ENNHRI) Legal Working Group.

  • Last updated: 04 May 2016

    The Commission has a range of human rights legal powers available to it, including judicial review, interventions and inquiries.

  • Last updated: 27 Mar 2016

    The Equality and Human Rights Commission uses its legal powers to protect people’s human rights and uphold the values of fairness, dignity and respect. Read more about some of the important cases we have been involved in.

  • Last updated: 21 Feb 2018

    One of the Commission’s core tasks as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) is to monitor the UK’s compliance with the seven United Nations (UN) human rights treaties it has signed and ratified.

  • FAQ

    Last updated: 11 Dec 2017

    The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is an international human rights treaty adopted by the UN in 1966. It is one of the two treaties that give legal force to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • FAQ

    Last updated: 19 Mar 2018

    The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is one of the most important UN human rights treaties, covering the right to work, adequate food, health and education.

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